A portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century art.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Guggenheim Peggy Guggenheim ... Self (archive footage)
Jacqueline Bograd Weld Jacqueline Bograd Weld ... Self - author of 'Peggy: The Wayward Guggenheim'
Francine Prose Francine Prose ... Self
John Richardson John Richardson ... Self
Nicky Haslam Nicky Haslam ... Self
Edmund White Edmund White ... Self
Calvin Tomkins Calvin Tomkins ... Self
Carlo McCormick Carlo McCormick ... Self
Mercedes Ruehl ... Self
Diego Cortez Diego Cortez ... Self - Interviewee
Donald Kuspit Donald Kuspit ... Self
Philip Rylands Philip Rylands ... Self
Karole Vail Karole Vail ... Self
Stephanie Barron Stephanie Barron ... Self
Lindsay Pollock Lindsay Pollock ... Self


Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is a feature documentary about the life of art icon Peggy Guggenheim, based on her sole authorized biography. Peggy was an heiress to the Guggenheim family who would become a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included trysts, affairs and marriages with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, which is today enshrined in her famous Venetian palazzo. The film is a compendium of the greatest 20th century art mixed with the wild and iconoclastic life of one of the most powerful women in the history of the art world.

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The unbelievable true story of one of the most colorful figures of modern art.


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It´s complicated...
9 September 2019 | by skepticskepticalSee all my reviews

I enjoyed watching Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, even though I found the relentless insults hurled at her by John Richardson (a Picasso biographer) to be a bit grating. I wonder if he was simply jealous that she managed to accomplish so much while, according to him, lacking taste, intelligence, and basically anything aside from ambition? Anyway, the life story of this woman is definitely colorful and frankly remarkable, as she was far more liberated than the typical women of her time. The film would have been better without the snarky interjections of Richardson, but I suppose that it revealed a more general contempt endured by Peggy Guggenheim throughout her lifetime by people just like him.

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Release Date:

11 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,258, 8 November 2015

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