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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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by Marta Pin (subscribe)
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Published May 20th 2015
A top-notch collection in Italy
Peggy Guggenheim's collection belongs to the Salomon Guggenheim Foundation in New York. However, the origins of its history and development are attached to the Venetian soil. The building-museum is Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which faces the water and now is home to one of the most important and modern works of arts in the world. If you just stop few seconds on the iron made gate, you cannot help but focus your attention on the coloured glass stones, set up like decorations.

the precious gate


As you enter in the foyer, you suddenly will notice a huge sculpture by Picasso, and then you will disclose more and more works of gifted artists. The interiors of the Palace have been kept as per Mrs Guggenheim arrangements. For example, in the living room anyone can admire the massive dining table and the wooden chairs, as well as Constantin Brancusi sculptures or Alexander Calder's aerials installations.

Calder's installiation


the crowded living room


A huge terrace gives us the opportunity to appreciate the controversial sculpture The Angel of the City by Marino Marini, which is looking towards the Canal Grande. The jockey looks like greeting the visitors in an unusual way. Nevertheless, just stop here for a while and smell the breeze coming from the Venetian water street, with Accademia Bridge on your left and the rest of the harbour at your right.

The Angel of the City by Marino Marini


view to the Accademia Bridge


view to the right side


A spectacular internal garden awaits the guests for many reasons. Indeed, there are other massive sculptures around and you can have lunch or a break at the Museum Cafe built in the middle of the premises. Also, you can discover Peggy's beloved Pekinese dogs' grave and walk through the beautiful greenery.

a statue in the garden


There is a quirky white lounge room in the house. It had drawn my attention because of the presence of unique "boxes" on the top of the fireplace. Two of them are detailed with paintings and decorations, while the other one contains small sample bottles of odd materials.

the three boxes


As Mrs Guggenheim was a top-notch collector with works made by Magritte, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Alberto Burri, Brancusi, Picasso, Kandinsky, Calder, Shapiro, Frank Stella and many more.

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Why? Art and culture
When: Daily 10 am - 6 pm Closed Tuesdays and December 25
Where: Palazzo Venier dei Leoni Dorsoduro 701 I-30123 Venezia
Cost: Up to 15 euro
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