CategoryHistoric House, Modern & Contemporary Art
Good To KnowOpen also Mondays
SpecialisationItalian futurists and American modernists
TipDon’t miss the Nasher Sculpture Garden and the fantastic views of the Grand Canal
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is a modern art museum overlooking the Grand Canal. The impressive collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, for three decades the home of the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979). In 1951 she began displaying her collection of modern artworks during the summer. Following her death it passed to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which opened the collection all year-round.
The collection includes major works embracing Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism, and American Abstract Expressionism by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. These include Picasso (The Poet, On the Beach), Duchamp (Sad Young Man on a Train), Mondrian (Composition No. 1 with Grey and Red 1938), Kandinsky (Landscape with Red Spots, No. 2, White Cross), Miró (Seated Woman II), Klee (Magic Garden), Ernst (The Kiss, Attirement of the Bride), Magritte (Empire of Light), Dalí (Birth of Liquid Desires), and Pollock (The Moon Woman, Alchemy).
In 2012 over 80 works of Italian, European and American art from after 1945 were added as part of the Schulhof Collection. This includes paintings by Burri, Dubuffet, Fontana, Hofmann, Kelly, Kiefer, Noland, Rothko, and Twombly, as well as sculptures by Calder, Caro, Holzer, Judd and Hepworth.