CategoryModern & Contemporary Art
Specialisation19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures
TipDon’t miss the oriental art collection.
Ca’ Pesaro in Venice is a modern art museum containing important paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries. Located on the Grand Canal, the grandiose Baroque Palazzo was commissioned in the mid 17th century by the noble Pesaro family and brought to life by famed Venetian architect, Baldassarre Longhena. Works began in 1659 but sadly Longhena died before completion. The construction was finished in 1710 by Gian Antonio Gaspari.
Sumptuous and imposing, but harmonious and organic in its structure, the Palazzo was continually enriched during its construction, not least by the important process of interior decoration. The structure still conserves some of the fresco and oil decorations on the ceilings by artists such as Bambini, Pittoni, Crosato, Trevisani and Brusaferro.
Ca’ Pesaro was finally bought by the Bevilacqua family, and became the property of Duchess Felicita Bevilacqua La Masa. It was the Duchess who decreed the present use of the building, bequeathing it to the city in 1898 as a Museum of Modern Art.
The Ca’ Pesaro Gallery of Modern Art houses collections of paintings and sculptures, including masterpieces by Klimt and Chagall and remarkable works by artists such as Kandinsky, Klee and Moore, plus a fine selection of works by Italian artists and a section on graphic art. The second floor is home to temporary exhibitions and the upper floor hosts the Museum of Oriental Art, included in the museum itinerary. One of the most important collections of Japanese art from the Edo period, it contains some 3,000 objects, including some from China and Indonesia.