10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday - Monday. Closed Tuesdays, Dec. 25.
12€. (10€ for seniors over 65; 7€ for students under 26 with valid ID and children aged 10-18; free for children under 10, members & Art Pass card holders) - prices current as of April, 2010
Address: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, I-30123 Venezia
Tel.: (+39)041 2405 411 Fax: (+39)041 520 6885.
What to Expect
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is the most important museum for contemporary art in Italy. It is housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th century palace on the Grand Canal that was once the residence of wealthy art patron and collector Peggy Guggenheim. The museum’s permanent collection contains works from the most famous European and American artists of the first half of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Alexander Calder. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is managed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which operates several contemporary art museums around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Guggenheim amassed a private collection of masterpieces from some of the best-known artists and art movements of the 20th century. Works from the Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical Painting, and Surrealism art movements are all on display at the Guggenheim Collection. In addition to works by Picasso (The Poet, On the Beach), Pollock (The Moon Woman, Alchemy), and Calder, there are paintings and compositions by Paul Klee, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Georges Braque, Piet Mondrian (Composition No. 1), Joan Miró (Seated Woman II), Vasily Kandinsky (Landscape with Red Spots, No. 2), and René Magritte. Italian artists represented in the permanent collection include Giorgio de Chirico, Amadeo Modigliani, and Marino Marini (The Angel of the City).
Since the Guggenheim opened as a museum in 1980, it has acquired other works of art through donations. These include paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Lucio Fontana, Chuck Close, Jean Cocteau, and Yoko Ono, among many others. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection also has a small exhibit of ethnic art from Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Art works in the museum are arranged according to room, such as the Dining Room, the Kitchen, and Peggy’s Room. Besides the permanent collection, the Guggenheim also houses the Gianni Mattioli Collection, which includes 26 works from several important artists of the Italian Futurist movement, such as Boccioni and Severini. In the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden, there are sculptures from the permanent collection as well as sculptures on loan from other museums and art foundations. Another area of the museum contains temporary exhibits. The museum also has a café, which overlooks the sculpture garden, a library and archives, and two gift shops.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection officially opened its doors as a museum in 1980 just a few months after she passed away on December 23, 1979. Before that, from 1951 to 1979, Mrs. Guggenheim had invited the public into her home on the Grand Canal each summer to view her impressive art collection.
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