montblanc patron of art edition honors peggy guggenheim with a fountain pen

a tribute to an eccentric supporter of modern art




montblanc‘s patron of art edition 2016 pays tribute to the outstanding legacy of one of the most influential art collectors and exhibitors of 20th century art, peggy guggenheim, who dedicated most of her life to protecting the art of her time by discovering and nurturing new talent; while building an important collection of works housed today in a venice museum that still carries her name.


as part of its ongoing commitment to actively engage in the promotion of arts and culture worldwide, german luxury brand montblanc has recognized for over 25 years the invaluable contribution of modern day patrons of the arts in 16 countries. the prestigious cultural prize has been awarded since 1992 in 16 countries, honouring today’s patrons who continue to allow the arts to flourish by selflessly committing financial resources, time and energy to cultural projects. over the years, nearly 4 million euros have been granted, and 230 initiatives have been supported through the montblanc de la culture arts patronage award.

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the 2016 art edition pays tribute to peggy guggenheim
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the art of patronage award is a visionary prize and when the program was created, it surprised many with its unusual focus on those working behind-the-scenes and contributing their resources to the arts,’ explains till fellrath of the montblanc cultural foundation. each year an independent jury of eminent personalities selects and awards these global supporters of culture of our times. past winners having included HRH the prince of wales, queen sofia of spain, architect renzo piano and yoko ono.

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from left: montblanc CEO, jérôme lambert with gallerist giorgio marconi and the new co-chairs of the montblanc foundation, till fellrath and sam bardaouil at the 2016 montblanc de la culture arts patronage awards in venice




designboom was invited to the 2016 montblanc de la culture arts patronage awards in venice when montblanc honored the founder of the historic studio marconi in milan. gió marconi established the marconi foundation for contemporary and modern art in 2004, a non-profit institution for the promotion and diffusion of contemporary art and culture through exhibitions, publications, cultural events and meetings. marconi received a patron of art peggy guggenheim limited edition fountain pen encased in a trophy, and 15,000 euros ($17,160) to be donated to a cultural project of his choice.

a red lacquer inlay spiral refers to the striped mooring poles lining the canals of venice, limited edition of 4810
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every year, to coincide with the award, a unique limited edition writing instrument inspired by a historical patron of the arts is commissioned to honour the contemporary ones. the montblanc patron of art 2016 peggy guggenheim fountain pen limited edition 4810 features the geometric art deco design on a black lacquered and platinum-coated cap and barrel, contrasting with the red and platinum-coated stripes on the cone of the writing instrument. the platinum-coated ring is elegantly embossed with the lion heads associated with peggy guggenheim’s venice.


the montblanc emblem is crafted in traditional black and white resin
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the platinum-coated ring is elegantly embossed with lion heads, referring to the lion of saint mark, symbol of venice
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the engravings of lion heads on the red gold cap ring are inspired by the exterior of the ‘palazzo venier dei leoni’, peggy’s home for 30 years richly decorated with this symbol of venice. the cap ring has been embellished with a set of 10 garnets in the eyes of the lions, while the cone, designed like the red and white striped mooring pillars found on the venice waterways in red gold and translucent red lacquer, features a brilliant cut diamond ring at its end. the montblanc emblem in white marble crowns the art-inspired writing instrument. the paws engraved on the au750 solid gold nib recall the special affection she had for her 14 lhasa apso dogs. peggy guggenheim’s ‘beloved babies’ not only accompanied her on her gondola trips down the grand canal, but were laid to rest next to their eccentric owner in the grounds of her palazzo.

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the peggy guggenheim 888 limited edition pen with lhasa apso dog paws engraved on the au750 solid gold nib

3D printing was employed during the process of making of prototypes for the limited edition pen
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the sun over venice on the occasion of the 2016 montblanc de la culture arts patronage awards
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a cocktail party was held on the roof of the peggy guggenheim collection at the 18th century palazzo venier dei leoni on the grand canal, once inhabited by the great patron of art peggy guggenheim and now home to her significant collection of modern art. overlooking the canals, guests had the chance to enjoy a calligraphy live performance by french Star-calligrapher nicolas ouchenir. following the cocktail, an intimate seated dinner was hosted at the mid-fifteenth century palazzo polignac, a masterpiece of renaissance architecture with its remarkable stone and marble facade. inside the candlelit rooms of the historic palace, montblanc had brought together each of the 25 patron of art edition writing instruments that had been created every year since 1992 to honour historic patrons of art.

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the french calligrapher nicolas ouchenir demonstrated the art of writing





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see images of the montblanc venice event and more information about the other winners in the gallery below: