Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

A DETACHABLE PENIS:Peggy Guggenheim solution!

Everyone in the art field knows that Peggy Guggenheim was a doyenne of modern art from the 1920 till her death. While in Paris Gertrude Stein was amassing a substantial collection which included names such as Picasso, Cezanne and others , Peggy was founding The Guggenheim Jeune Gallery in London and buying works by Picabia, Braque, Dali Mondrian and many artists of that time. She bought the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, in Venice and in 1949, beginning with an exhibition of sculptures in the garden , she opened her collection to the public.
However, Peggy started to have problems with a sculpture right at the entrance of the museum , by the famous artist Marino Marini. The puritans visitors objected to the sculpture of a man naked on a horse showing an erection. What to do about it? She would not compromise her art integrity nor that of the sculptor by removing the sculpture from the public view. Then she had an idea:
A detachable penis, which would be removed every time some puritans would visit her museum. We are talking about the 50‘s . I don’t know if the practice of severing the statue still is in practice today.


Anonymous Peter Morgan said...

I enjoyed reading through your blog. Thanks, Peter Morgan

12:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved it all and never knew about Peggy Guggenheim's statue and the
penis. I dont think I ever saw it on my visits, but didnt go there on
my last 2 visits. Funny
Lizzy - California

1:32 PM

Anonymous Lou de La Villete said...

Monsieur Lima,

Je suis restée bouche bée en lisant cet article !

Je ne connaissait pas cet astuce de la part de Peggy Guggenheim pour éviter que les
puritains (américains, surtout ?) vissent la statue.

De toute façon, c'est génial l'article !


Lou de La Villette

6:24 AM

Anonymous Maggie Paley said...

Thanks for that bit of art world penisology. And have you noticed? The horse's neck and head look like a penis, too.

12:33 PM

Anonymous Don Roberto said...

Did you know there was rock song from the '80s called "Detachable Penis"? Wish I could remember the name of the group.
In the song, the guy is going to a party but his dick gets him in trouble so he detaches it. However, he loses it. Then finds it for sale on a blanket with other items at St. Mark's Place.

2:50 PM

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Anonymous Daisydown said...

In an article in the Telegraph today I read: 'I keep it in a drawer...I feel I have to do the same when some ladies group want to view the collection; though sometimes I forget. Their reactions always amuse me,' she hits on ' Not at all what you might expect. The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception are the worst.'
Now it is welded on to keep it in place as the original was stolen.

8:45 AM


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