The Best of Sotheby's at the Venice Biennale

Breakfast reception on the terrace of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
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Sotheby’s celebrated a long-standing relationship with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection with a breakfast on Wednesday 8 May, where Tania Remoundos of Sotheby’s introduced the museum's director Karole Vail. Sotheby’s Preferred guests were taken from the rooftop overlooking the Grand Canal on a tour of the newly opened The Nature of Arp. Later that evening, Sotheby’s Contemporary specialists and presenting partners Loro Piana hosted cocktails for guests at the Gritti Palace, Sotheby’s home in Venice.

Thursday 9 May saw Royal Academy of Arts Patrons and staff join Sotheby’s for breakfast at the Salone Gritti. Senior Director Oliver Barker highlighted Sotheby’s ongoing support of the Royal Academy as he introduced the Contemporary Curator of the academy, Edith Devaney. Patrons of the Academy enjoyed a conversation between the two, who discussed their highlights from the Biennale alongside Jasper Sharp, curator of the Sotheby’s-supported Mark Rothko at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, who joined the conversation to add his recommendations.

Later that morning in the Aula Magna room at the Ateneo Veneto, Mark Poltimore of Sotheby’s was joined by John Darlington from the World Monuments Fund (WMF), and artist and writer Edmund de Waal,who gave personal insights into his exhibition, Psalm, opening at the Ateneo Veneto and at the 16th-century synagogue the Canton Scuola, in the Jewish Ghetto – restored by the WMF. After a lunch at the Gritti hosted by Poltimore and Loro Piana, guests were invited by Darlington for an intimate tour of the Ghetto. Click above to view highlights from the opening week.

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The Best of Sotheby's at the Venice Biennale