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Friday, October 21, 2016
The Party: After 80 years, the Solomon R. Guggenheim modern art collection made its way back to the South’s oldest art museum building, where it first exhibited in 1936, and again in 1938. Gibbes Museum of Art members, members of the Guggenheim family, and curators from the Guggenheim in New York City came together to celebrate the opening of the collaborative exhibit, ”The Realm of the Spirit.” Guests mingled, enjoying sparkling wine and passed hors d’oeuvres before heading upstairs to view the famed striking abstract pieces by artists from Picasso to Modigliani to Kandinsky.
Highlight: Solomon R. Guggenheim’s grandson, Peter Lawson-Johnston, spoke about his family’s legacy, and about first seeing his grandfather’s exhibit at the Gibbes as a nine-year-old boy.
Overheard: ”Do you think they remember being here?”—Angela Mack, Gibbes executive director, on the collection of Guggenheim paintings that were displayed at the Gibbes in 1936
Beneficiary: The Gibbes Museum of Art