Peggy Guggenheim’s Grandson Loses Another Appeal Against the Guggenheim Foundation
Are Peggy Guggenheim's last wishes being disrespected? Her relatives think so.
A group of relatives of heiress, art collector, and patron Peggy Guggenheim have lost yet another appeal at a French court against the Guggenheim Foundation.
The latest verdict is merely another chapter in the bitter legal battle over the management of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, which began more than 20 years ago.
A group of Peggy’s relatives, led by her grandson Sandro Rumney, have been fighting since 1994 to gain control over the management of her phenomenal collection of 326 artworks—including pieces by Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí—which the heiress handed over to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York in 1979, shortly before her death.
For decades now, Rumney—son of Pegeen Vail, daughter of Peggy Guggeheim,—has been arguing that the collection is not “protected” and that it should be restored to its original configuration, “respecting the wishes of Peggy Guggenheim to see the collection intact.”
Their main bone of contention is that works from other collections are also being displayed at the palazzo.
In 2013, experts hired by Rumney found that the display in the palazzo contained 94 pieces from the Peggy Guggenheim collection and 75 works from the Rudolph B. and Hannelore B. Schulhof collection. Moreover, that same year, a plaque in the museum’s entrance featuring the names of the Schulhofs was installed next to the name of the museum’s founder.
The latest court decision marks Rumney’s third failed attempt to seize control of the collection, adding to previous dismissals in 1994 and 2014.
The Guggenheim Foundation has released a celebratory statement saying it is “proud of having honored the wishes of Peggy Guggenheim for more than 30 years, by keeping her collection intact in the restored Palazzo museum and by contributing to the knowledge of modern and contemporary art in Italy,” AFP reports.
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