Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, today announced the appointment of Guggenheim curator Karole P.B. Vail as Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and Foundation Director for Italy. A member of the Guggenheim’s curatorial staff since 1997 and a granddaughter of Peggy Guggenheim, Ms. Vail becomes only the second director in the history of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, succeeding Philip Rylands, who led the museum for 37 years and will become Director Emeritus. Ms. Vail will assume her duties in Venice this month, reporting to Richard Armstrong.
William L. Mack, Chairman of the Guggenheim Board of Trustees, said, “Karole Vail assumes leadership at an auspicious moment, when the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is enjoying record attendance and a strong exhibition program, and recently completed a successful capital campaign to support key renovation projects at the Palazzo. Karole’s appointment begins a special and exciting new chapter in the museum’s history.”
Karole Vail said, “I have known and loved Peggy’s collection, and the palazzo and garden that are its home, since I was a child. Now it is my privilege and honor to lead this exceptional institution, carrying forward Peggy’s vision and ensuring that it remains a vital part of today’s culture, as she would have wanted it to be. I embark on this role with a sense of great responsibility, an eye to the future and a deep appreciation for Peggy’s extraordinary accomplishments.”