Gražina Subelytė is Assistant Curator at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, where she recently curated the exhibitions “Rita Kernn-Larsen. Surrealist Paintings” (2017), “1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim” (2018), “From Gesture to Form. Postwar European and American Art from the Schulhof Collection” (2019), and “Peggy Guggenheim. The Last Dogaressa” (2019-20), centered on Guggenheim’s collecting after 1948. In addition, together with Daniel Zamani, Gražina is curating a major exhibition “Surrealism and Magic. From Max Ernst to Leonora Carrington” that will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in May 2021 and at the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, in the fall that year. Other future exhibitions that she is curating include “Portraying Womanhood. A New Look at the Guggenheim Collections in Venice” (2023) and an homage exhibition to Peggy Guggenheim’s groundbreaking “Exhibition by 31 Women” (1943) and “The Women” (1945) group shows. The latter project will offer a long overdue re-examination of the exhibitions that challenged the gendered power structure in the 1940s.
Gražina is a PhD Candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, researching the work of the Swiss-American Surrealist artist and scholar Kurt Seligmann. She has recently written the preface to a new collector’s edition of Seligmann’s book “The Mirror of Magic. A History of Magic in the Western World” (2018). Gražina is a lecturer and author of numerous essays on modern and contemporary art. Most recently, she authored the catalogue of the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection of art after 1945 and co-authored the new handbook of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Gražina is a contributor to academic volumes such as “Surrealism, Occultism and Politics. In Search of the Marvellous” (Routledge, 2017) and “Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Magic and Visual Culture” (Fulgur, 2019). Among other projects, she is currently writing the lead essay for the catalogue of an upcoming exhibition on Seligmann and the Japanese artist Taro Okamoto organized by the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, Japan.