Karole P.B. Vail, director and curator of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, received the 14th the Moholy-Nagy Award from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem, MOME) in Budapest. At her award ceremony, Vail talked about her endeavors at the Peggy, as well as the Solomon, Guggenheim Collections, and the work of László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946). Vail was lead curator for Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, a three-stage retrospective exhibition in 2016 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, featuring 250 works in various media. The exhibit then traveled as well to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she has been on the curatorial team since 1997; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Moholy-Nagy was a painter, photographer, sculptor, writer, and filmmaker who also worked in graphic and stage design. He is well-known as a teacher at the Bauhaus and also founded Chicago’s Institute of Design. Since 2006, MOME has awarded designers, artists, and scholars who live up to the name of the world-famous Hungarian.
Vail was appointed Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Guggenheim Foundation in Italy in 2017. She has covered an array of styles through her curating work, including Bauhaus, Cubism, and abstract art. Vail is also a co-director of the Museum of Non-Objectif Sud, a non-profit artist residency and exhibition program in southern France that supports contemporary artists and curators through residency programs.