Peggy Guggenheim: Art addict

One of the great thing about documentaries, is that you sometimes get to meet interesting people. Peggy Guggenheim: Art addict is such a film. American art collector Peggy Guggenheim is today considered the most influential patron of modern art. It si obvious that director Lisa Immordino Vreeland finds Guggenheim fascinating. Peggy was born into a wealthy, eccentric family. Her father, Benjamin Guggenheim, went down with the Titanic in 1912. In 1938, Peggy Guggenheim opened a first gallery for modern art in London. Called Guggenheim Jeune, it featured Jean Cocteau drawings, then Wassily Kandinsky’s paintings and other abstract and surrealist artists. In 1943, she becomes Jackson Pollock’s patron (Amy Madigan plays her in the film Pollock). In New York she opens the gallery Art Of This Century. She had a voracious sexual appetite, married twice and had countless lovers. We can hear her talking to a biographer in taped interviews. Robert de Niro is interviewed. His parents, Robert De Niro, Sr. and Virginia Admiral were both artists and friends with Ms. Guggenheim. Actress Mecedes Ruehl played Guggenheim on stage and offers small cues that helps us understand who she was. The Peggy Guggenheim collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is one of the most visited attractions in Venice.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Peggy Guggenheim: Art addict

Directed by:
Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Screenplay by:
Bernadine Colish
Lisa Immordino Vreeland

97 min.

Rated 14A

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