Over a lifetime spent in London, New York, Los Angeles and points in between, collector Ronnie Sassoon has put together an unparalleled grouping of radical artworks, design objects and houses that elucidate her definition of “selection”: important works by Group Zero and Arte Povera; artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Alighiero Boetti; midcentury designers such as Carlo Scarpa, Frederick Kiesler, Jean Prouvé and Gae Aulenti; and many more. At the center of the collection are three important houses that hold the collection: the Levit House by Richard Neutra (1961) in Los Angeles, the Stillman II House by Marcel Breuer (1965) in Connecticut and in a SoHo cast iron-building, the minimalist Dean/Ceglic Loft, New York. Each of these structures defines its period and place in design history, and is redefined by the objects that now inhabit it.
As Sassoon states, “Following one’s passion and desire creates the most pleasing and sensual atmosphere, reminiscent of every intoxicating past experience, whether it be in film, print, or travel. Those memories influence our selections in our quest for the perfect objet nonpareil.”
Sensual and illuminating, her new book, Selection: Art, Architecture and Design from the Collection of Ronnie Sassoon (2021 August Editions,) documents—through beautiful photographs of thought-provoking tableaus of artworks, objects and interiors—a blueprint for a highly selective way of living
Ronnie invites us to visit her homes, she will talk about the art and furniture each contain, and share her adventures and efforts over the years to create her highly individual collection.
This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: James Crumb and Ronnie Sassoon
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