Guggenheim – full abstraction

Meltem and me visited the exhibition Guggenheim – full abstraction in the ING art centre last friday so I wanted to share that with you. The exhibition kinda shows you the evolution of art during the 1940 til 1960 through works of art owned by Solomon R. Guggenheim and Peggy Guggenheim.

I’ve always loved Peggy Guggenheim for so many reasons, her great taste in art ofcourse, her somewhat eccentric style and ideas, her little pet cemetery in her garden in Venice. The only Guggenheim collection i’ve seen is hers in Venice, so needless to say I was pretty excited.

The exhibition started with Marcel Duchamp’s La Boîte-en-Valise, you immediatly know you’re in for a treat. During the 40’s Duchamp was Peggy’s most important art advisor and moved to the USA, hence why he needed to make a portable musuem.

Next thing on the menu is some Jackson Pollock, and it was pretty interesting because i have only ever seen his action paintings but here there were some of his more drawing like pieces of art. That was pretty cool to see.

Jackson Pollock, two, 1943 – 1943
Jackson Pollock, CR 1096, 1951

Going to the next room you’ll see a beautiful mobile of Calder but what I want to talk about is the Alberto Burri’s  White B. The first time I saw a Burri was when i was 16 in the Modern Art Gallery in Rome and it was love on first sight. Next year i went back with a friend and I was super excited to show her. The year after I went with my Boyfriend, still too excited to show him and the year after I saw his work in the Guggenheim collection in Rome. A year without Burri is a bad year.

About Burri; he started painting during WWII while held in a camp for war prisoners in Texas. He painted on whatever he could find and when he was freeed and got back to Italy he still painted on stuff like burlap sacks to symbolize the war.

Alberto Burri, White B, 1966


Next up we got some pretty Lucio Fontana, there were some of his typical cut works but also this one that was very sparkly. I love to see artworks of a certain artist that are not what he is known for (just like Pollock’s figurative art), if that makes any sense.

Lucio Fontana, Spatial concept, 1951


Also very impressive was Cy Twombly, his works of art seem so random but in such a beautiful way, in a perfect way even. I would love to be able to know what he thinks and how he makes his artwork. There were so many amazing artists in the exhibition, I would definitly reccomend to go check it out! The only thing that I didn’t like were the curtains behind the art, I don’t really get that.

Cy Twombly 1967


btw, we kinda saw private parts in that last one… what do you think ?




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