From Copper Kings to an Art Imperium

The Guggenheim Story

Not Peggy, but Solomon R. Guggenheim established the world famous museum - advised by the German painter Hilla Rebay. With his niece Peggy Solomon had a family intern competition about the most beautiful collection of modern art. Only after the death of the protagonists Peggy's collection in Venice was included into Solomon's museum in New York. It was the beginning of an art imperium throughout the world with more Guggenheim museums in Bilbao and Berlin. A film on the history of one of the most famous museums in the world.

Produced by

SWR in cooperation with the Bundeskunsthalle for the exhibition "The Guggenheim" in the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn from July 21, 2006 until January 7, 2007

A film by

Sigrid Faltin



Running time

30 min.


  • commissioning editor: Ulrich Best, Götz Goebel
  • cinematographer: Detlev Sackenheim
  • steadycam, editing: Frank Buchholz
  • animationist: Felix Müller
  • music: Cornelius Schwehr

„We produce documentary films - it's real life that interests us.“
Sigrid Faltin, white pepper films


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