Thursday, August 23, 2012

Guggenheim Redux


The sense of arrival you feel at Peggy Guggenheim's Venice outpost is bellissimo. The green, Botero-style columns beached at the entrance are the bomb. Mimicking the structural pilings from the water, they rhythmically pull you into the space. Their large-scale is perfection too. Recalling the Lion Gate, a Mycenaean treasure, they make you feel childish in proportion. Suddenly, I was cued to be "seen and not heard" in anticipation of entering the museum. Brilliant.