Controversy over Guggenheim’s Legacy in Venice

May 8th, 2014

Peggy Guggenheim’s descendants are suing the Guggenheim foundation, arguing that the foundation failed to honor Guggenheim’s last wishes that her art collection be maintained in its entirety in her Venetian palazzo by the Guggenheim foundation.

The foundation allegedly removed half of the works from her collection and replaced them with works donated by Rudolph and Hannelore Schulhof. The Schulhofs’ names are displayed next to Guggenheim’s on the museum’s entrance. The Guggenheim family is also accusing the foundation of desecrating her grave by throwing parties in the palazzo’s garden where her remains are interred. Betsy Ennis of the foundation counters that, “The foundation’s efforts have only honored, preserved and enhanced the memory and reputation of Peggy Guggenheim.” Read more at The New York Times.