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CULTURE | 28.05.2016

Movie-Night: „Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict“

Peggy Guggenheim is arguably one of the most important and colourful personalities of the art scene. The eccentric American did not only attract attention because of her passion for extraordinary sunglasses (which were often larger than her face), however. The art patron became famous especially for her collection of modern art, which included, among others, works by Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, Salvador Dali, Paul Klee and Francis Picabia.

In her private life, too, the American could not keep her hands off art. Her affairs and relationships with the greatest artists of the 20th century, for example, ranged from Jackson Pollock to Marcel Duchamp. A life that provides plenty to talk about, which director Lisa Immordino Vreelang (married to the grandson of the great Diana Vreeland) probably thought as well. For her film “Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict” the Frenchwoman portrayed the exciting life of the art icon in all its facets.

The 96-minute documentary film is based on audio tapes of interviews between 1978 and 1979, which had been believed missing – the last recordings that were taken by biographer Jacqueline Borgard Weld before the death of the 81-year-old.

Peggy Guggenheim’s sensitive and temperamental character is highlighted by an extensive photo and film archive. There are also familiar faces, including Larry Gagosian (art dealer & gallery owner), John Richards (art historian) and Lisa Philipps (Director of the New Museum), who share their personal memories. An exciting portrait of a woman whose life was at least as eccentric and extravagant as the works of art with which she surrounded herself.

Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict has been on view in cinemas since May 5.