Every year, in line with its prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, Montblanc produces a collection of limited edition fountain pens in tribute to the most signifi cant patrons of the arts, who, in their own ways, have changed the world for the better. The first Montblanc Patron of Art pen was introduced in and was inspired by the Medici family, recognized for their support of art and architecture during the Renaissance period. Honoring the greats from Pope Julius II to Luciano Pavarotti, the composition of each pen crafted by hand through the years represents the compelling stories of each unique individual. This year’s award recipient is Peggy Guggenheim, one of the most infl uential art collectors and exhibitors of the th century, celebrated for her lifelong devotion to the arts.
Born into an elite New York banking family, Guggenheim was raised in Manhattan. After traveling to Europe in 1921, Guggenheim was introduced to bohemian Paris and American expatriate society through her first husband, Laurence Vail. It was in Paris that she was introduced to the likes of Constantin Brancusi and Marcel Duchamp, who later became her lifelong friends. In 1938, she opened her fi rst art gallery in London with some encouragement from her friend, PeggyWaldman. Here she showed the work of upcoming European artists Jean Cocteau and Vasily Kandinsky. At the outbreak of World War II, she continued to voraciously collect pieces of abstract and surrealist art that would later become part of the famed Peggy Guggenheim Collection. As the violence intensified, she fled Nazi-occupied Europe and returned home where she opened her first New York Gallery. After the war, she returned to Europe and took residence in Venice at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal. In 1949, she opened her magnificent collection to the public with an exhibition of sculptures in the garden. In addition to being a great collector, she also supported a number of young artists including Jackson Pollock, and Max Ernst, her second husband, and paved the way for their careers by showcasing their works in Europe and America.
Now, Guggenheim’s alluring life serves as inspiration for the design of the writing instruments. The cap’s geometric pattern evokes her passion for the modern arts, while the cap ring makes use of engraved lions to represent the city of Venice, where she lived. One of the pens in the collection, the Peggy Guggenheim, is limited to just pieces, which signifies the age at which she passed away. To order at Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739.