Philip Rylands has been Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection since 2000 and is Foundation Director for Italy. Over the past several years the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has been the most visited museum of modern art in Italy.
Born in London, Rylands graduated with a degree in art history from King’s College, Cambridge, where he also studied for a doctorate. He has published many works and taught for several universities.
During Rylands’ tenure, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has seen substantial growth. The 18th-century palazzo that houses that collection has been converted and restored, doubling the museum’s exhibition and administrative space, and an annual exhibition program has been developed, both in Venice and elsewhere. The collection has increased by more than 200 works.
Julia Peyton-Jones is no longer able to chair this event for personal reasons and Francine Prose is unable to be in the UK.
Philip Rylands – Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum – is coming especially from Venice to give an illustrated talk about the collection and its contents, also taking in the close connection between the works and the life of its founder. With her unique collecting habits, paradigm-changing discoveries, celebrity friendships, failed marriage and scandalous affairs, there was nothing remotely monochrome about the life of Peggy Guggenheim.