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  PHILIP RYLANDS

Philip Rylands was born in London, England, in 1950. He studied History and Art History at King’s College, Cambridge (1969-73, B.A. and M.A. Cantab.), and in 1981 received a Ph.D. from CambridgeUniversity for his dissertation on the Venetian Renaissance painter Palma il Vecchio. From 1974-84 he worked with the Venice in Peril Fund, a private committee for the saving of Venetian art and architecture, which was carrying out restoration projects at the Porta della Carta, San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, the Basilica of Torcello and the Oratorio dei Crociferi. In the same period he also taught for the University of Maryland Overseas Division. He has taught for the universities of Kentucky, New York and Rhode IslandSchool of Design, and was made an Associate Distinguished Professor of the University of Virginia. His publications include Restoring Venice: TheChurch of the Madonna dell’Orto (1976), Palma il Vecchio (1988; English edition, 1992), Flying the Flag for Art: The United States and the Venice Biennale 1895-1991 (1993), Peggy Guggenheim and Frederick Kiesler, The Story of Art of This Century (ed. with Susan Davidson, 2004). Since 1979 he has held the responsibility for managing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Italian branch of the Solomon R., Guggenheim Foundation, New York), first as Administrator, then (from 1986) as Deputy Director and since 2000 as Director. During this time the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has doubled in size, become the 11th most visited art museum in Italy and the most visited art museum in Venice. He curates exhibitions and lectures occasionally, writes some journalism, reviews and scholarly articles, and contributes to Peggy Guggenheim Collection exhibition catalogues.

 

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