Meyer Guggenheim settles in the United States in 1842 where he rapidly develops a prosperous activity thanks to an investment in a silver mine that soon helps the Guggenheim family become one of the country’s wealthiest industrial empire and install itself as a legendary dynasty. Capitalists, they nonetheless also develop philanthropic activities by investing in health, science as well as technologies and finally in arts. Two names distinguish themselves in the art world: Solomon Guggenheim who opened the first permanent museum to be built in 1959 and Peggy Guggenheim, his niece, an eccentric yet passionate art collector. Today, Guggenheim museums and their incredible architectural enveloppes have flourished around the world but art lovers seem to have a fond affection for Peggy Guggenheim’s photogenic Venetian palazzo that houses and presents the art works she collected from the 1920s. It was said she had a thousand lovers in her life, and that she received her most thorough grounding in modern art when she spent a night and a day in bed with Samuel Beckett - these mystic anecdotes helped the Guggenheim family be more than just another socialite tribe, it became a major actor of the art world and the symbol of flamboyant eccentricity.