Guggenheim

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This image of Peggy Guggenheim at a cafe in the Giardini of the Biennale with Princess Aspasia of Greece, was taken in a crucial year in Peggy’s life, because in 1947 she decided to return to Europe. She exhibited her collection for the first time at the 1948 Venice Biennale, in the Greek pavilion, as the country was at civil war. Thus, the works of artists such as Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko were exhibited for the first time in Europe. The presence of cubist, abstract, and surrealist art made the pavilion the most coherent survey of Modernism yet to be shown in Italy.