A farewell toast to Philip Rylands<br/>after 37 years at the helm of the<br/> Peggy Guggenheim Collection
17 May 2017

A farewell toast to Philip Rylands
after 37 years at the helm of the
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

After 37 years at the helm of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the most important museum in Italy for 20th century European and American art, historian Philip Rylands will be stepping down from his post. A party was held on Saturday evening at the Venetian Museum to celebrate his career. Allegrini, which supports the Venetian museum in collaboration with Intrapresae Guggenheim, will be offering its wines for the celebration (Valpolicella, Soave and Pinot Grigio).
Philip Rylands was born in London in 1950. After graduating from King's College in Cambridge, in 1981 he obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge with a thesis on the Venetian Renaissance painter Palma the Elder. In 2008 he received his doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Art and Design in Cluj, Romania. His publications include Restoring Venice: The Church of the Madonna dell'Orto (1976), Palma the Elder (1988, 1992) and Flying the Flag for Art: The United States and the Venice Biennale 1895-1991 (1993). In 2003, along with Laura Mattioli, he compiled the catalogue raisonné of the Gianni Mattioli Collection, by Flavio Fergonzi and, with Susan Davidson, Peggy Guggenheim and Frederick Kiesler, was the author of The Story of Art of This Century (2004). He is director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and has been responsible for the collection's activities since 1979. He regularly holds lectures for universities, writes academic articles and essays, acts as curator for exhibitions and contributes to catalogues. He has lived in Venice since 1973, is married and has a son.