After a long conservation process at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, the Pollock painting, Alchemy is returning to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. In 1947, Pollack used his mother’s quilting frame to create Alchemy. The painting will be featured in a “documentary & scientific exhibition” in which the process of revealing the true colors in the canvas will be explained. A multi-media production will allow the viewer to understand the artist’s process of “action” painting, layer by layer with 19 different pigments, & will go step-by-step through the entire conservation process. We will be able to see this during our visit to the Guggenheim in Venice.
The Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence was established in 1588 as a workshop for creations with semi-precious stones, & continues today as an important site for restoration & conservation of fine art.