Glass in the Avantguardes

Collezione Peggy Guggenheim


With the occasion of The Venice Glass Week, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection offers a week fully dedicated to glass and its use within contemporary art, with a free presentation to the public every day at 15:30, subject to the purchase of a ticket. From Egidio Costantini and Pegeen Vail, to Claire Falkenstein stopping by Alexander Calder and leading to Tony Cragg, and thanks to the various presentations, the visitors are invited to discover the use of glass within the production of modern and contemporary artists. This medium, dear to the Venetian culture and tradition, is greatly used within artists of the XX century.


If in Calder’s work, the use of glass is tied to its simple availability and to its multiple shades and formats, in Falkestein’s work is represented an expression of a true homage to the lagoon city and to its master glassmakers. Egidio Costantini, on the other hand, demonstrates the will to elevate the art of glass to the same level as sculpture and painting; the artist conceives in fact the possibility of collaborating with the master glassmakers, in order to realize sculptures made of glass originating from the sketches by contemporary artists. Within the Peggy Guggenheim Collection it is possible to see two beautiful examples of his craft, deriving from the glass reproduction of Picasso’s drawings and the Clementine by Peggy Veil. This novelty and experimentation with this material is also seen in the work of English artist Tony Cragg, whom frosted glass in order to make it appear weathered, thus highlighting the fragility of the medium and its potential to endure through time.


Organised by: Collezione Peggy Guggenheim

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Images courtesy of: Collezione Peggy Guggenheim

1. Photo by Matteo de Fina. Sala cubista. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim.
2. e 3. Photo by Matteo de Fina. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim.
4. Photo by Nicolò Miana. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim.

Time: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 7th September


  • Sunday 8th September


  • Monday 9th September

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Tuesday 10th September


  • Wednesday 11th September

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Thursday 12th September

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Friday 13th September

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Saturday 14th September

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Sunday 15th September

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • September 15, 2019 7:07 pm local time

  • FULL
    € 15
    Senior visitors over 65 yrs.: € 13; Students under 26 yrs.: € 9 (with current student ID); Children under 10 yrs., Members: free
Languages Spoken
English, Italian
Type of Venue
Museum / Institution