The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced today that Philip Rylands, the director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the foundation’s director for Italy, will step down from his positions in June 2017. A search for a person to take Rylands’s place will begin in the coming months.
Rylands has been director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection since 2000. Having first come to the Guggenheim Foundation in 1979, Rylands saw the Peggy Guggenheim Collection become one of the most visited museums in Venice. He also oversaw the management of the Venice Biennale’s United States Pavilion, which the Peggy Guggenheim Collection acquired in 1986. Rylands became the Guggenheim Foundation’s director for Italy in 2009.
“For more than 35 years, Philip has brought to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection a genuine affection for its founder, dedication to the Guggenheim’s mission, and a deep commitment to education,” Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, said in a statement. “The impact of his work can be seen in the record number of visitors to the museum in 2016, the thousands who have participated in its lauded internship program, and the numerous enhancements he has implemented to support expanded education and temporary exhibition programs.”