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Let’s change the future. Today’s children, tomorrow’s citizens: a new cycle of six workshops for Peggy Guggenheim Collection Family Card Members will begin this autumn, thanks to the support of Il Gufo.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents an original calendar of activities for Family Card Members in six events that will take place between October 2021 and May 2022. The theme is education for sustainable development and ecological thinking. Sustainability is a very topical and urgent subject for the education of the younger generations. In light of the collaboration that binds the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to ASVIS, Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, since 2018, the Venetian Museum considers this a challenge, and, above all, a priority. Let’s change the future. Today’s children, tomorrow’s citizens is made possible thanks to Il Gufo, a well-known Italian children’s clothing company, which for the fourth consecutive year is alongside the Collection, supporting the initiative.

Aimed at both children and their parents, the events will address the issue of sustainability in a transversal way, introducing the approach to active citizenship, addressed as the commitment and contribution of each individual to the well-being of the community. Participants will be invited to follow a path aimed at stimulating awareness of our daily lives and of being part of a society to build in an increasingly attentive, inclusive and peaceful way.

Reflections on the protection of the environment and the study of the relationships between living beings have their roots in Greek philosophy and have crossed ages and cultures, flowing into areas of knowledge such as philosophy, mathematics, biology, literature, poetry and art. As the centuries passed, interest in nature took on a mainly scientific character. In the 20th century, two artistic visions, one more scientific and the other more evocative, came together in considering the environment as a harmonious system of perfect forms and, at the same time, as a source of inspiration with vast symbolic potential: if the artist Jean (Hans) Arp reproduced sinuous biomorphic forms, Mario Merz was inspired by the Fibonacci sequence as an example of aesthetic perfection. In the second half of the 20th century, artists’ attention shifted towards a greater awareness of environmental struggles, leading to the emergence of cultural currents that placed respect for the ecosystem in relation to society at the centre of their research. Environmental Art, Land Art and Arte Povera are movements united by the use of materials, the observation of natural phenomena and the analysis of the relationships between living beings and the environment.

Taking a stand, being active in favour of causes of collective interest, not remaining passive in the face of contemporary urgencies, have become the fundamental demands of the work of many contemporary artists. The term “Artivism”, which combines “art” and “activism”, can be used to indicate the attitude of those artists who, in today’s global panorama, express their critical thinking by undertaking more or less symbolic actions to subvert the present.

Contemporary artists engaged in social practice investigate sustainability by addressing issues related to ecology and the environment, social inequalities, peace and justice, thus triggering virtuous relationships with communities.

Inspired by these artistic practices, the workshops will address issues that are as urgent as they are important for the citizens of tomorrow, including the creation of shared urban spaces, environmental protection and active participation in the community.

© Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On the right Alexander Calder “Mucca”, 1971. © Alexander Calder, by SIAE 2021. Photo Matteo De Fina.

Environmental awareness and attention to the life cycle of a garment have always been the cornerstones of Il Gufo. The use of the highest quality raw materials and trusted product experts has enabled the collections to overcome the barriers of time, so much so that the garments are handed down from generation to generation, acquiring value also thanks to a timeless style. More and more organic fabrics are being added for knitwear and shirts, plant-based or recycled padding for jackets and upcycling, i.e. using existing fabrics to create new garments.

The workshops are reserved for Family Card Members of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, for children aged 6 to 10 years, and their parents. For information:; 041.2405429/412.


16 October, 2021
6 November, 2021
4 December 2021

19 March 2022
30 April, 2022
28 May 2022

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