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Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna

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Address: Santa Croce 2070, 30125 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 721127
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Ca’ Pesaro, the most important baroque palace in the city, designed by...

Ca’ Pesaro, the most important baroque palace in the city, designed by Baldassare Longhena, has been the seat of Venice City Council’s collection of Modern Art since 1902. The collection was created in 1897 on occasion of the city’s second Art Biennale. The focus of the museum’s collections consists of works that won prizes or were acquired in the early decades of the Biennale. These include famous masterpieces, such as Klimt’s Judith II (Salomè, 1909) and Chagall’s Rabbi of Vitebsk (1922). One of the museum’s strengths is its vast collection of sculptures, including works in wax by Medardo Rosso, donated to the museum by the artist in 1914. Further acquisitions and bequests have endowed the museum with notable works, from Kandinsky to Klee, Matisse to Moore, as well as a rich selection of works by Italian artists and an important cabinet of graphic art. After restoration works in 2002, the exhibition area has been extended further to the second floor. The Oriental Art Museum, on the third floor, which can be visited with the same ticket.

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My first ever art gallery!

This may come as a surprise but, apart from a visit to the Raphael rooms in Vatican City, I've managed to exist 36 years without ever visiting an art gallery. So this was a first... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
Ashford, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I first visited here in August 2014 during very hot weather. We had a lovely wander downstairs. As a huge Rodin fan, I was blown away by the sculptures. We wandered through the lower galleries then headed up to the Far East collection. Wow. Having visited Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and China on our honeymoon we were stunned... More 

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Port Douglas, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are at all interested in 20th century art this is a must. Well curated, mainly in chronological order. Information cards explain a bit about the artists and different modern art movements and the collections place Italian artists in the context of other European works of similar period and style. Klimt, Dufy, Moore, Ernst, Miro all represented plus many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I chose to visit this gallery to see the Klimt and Chagall paintings. I was more than satisfied with viewing these and the entire collection. The building itself is worth walking through to see the modern use of this old building while still highlighting the old charms. The floors and ceilings are all such beautiful artworks as well.

Thank Roslyn R
Bromley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Especially when arriving by boat on the Grand Canal, this is a spectacular visit. Firstly, you get the chance to fully examine one of the grandest of Grand Canal palaces inside and out. This one was finally finished in 1710 and is the masterpiece of Baldassare Longhena. Inside, you get two excellent museums for the price of one. The 1897... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Terrific old palazzo holding a wonderful collection of late 19th to 20th century art. Notably the original plaster of Rodin's The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais and Klimt's Julia. Arranged chronologically, well lit and with explanatory cards you can spend two hours in here easily. Up stairs is a permanent exhibition of Oriental art. A Cafe and shop are on... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This may come as a surprise but, apart from a visit to the Raphael rooms in Vatican City, I've managed to exist 36 years without ever visiting an art gallery. So this was a first for me! And actually, I quite enjoyed it! The first floor is pretty much a history of modern art, with some interesting paintings and sculptures,... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Getting here is a challenge. It is on the canal so you need to go through the back streets. Starting around the Rialto there are signs, that inexplicably disappear the closer you get. While not clear whether it should still be called a Modern Museum ( Is Rodin still modern? Chagall? Kandinsky?) it is a true pleasure to walk around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We came here late in the afternoon after a long day of exploring. We enjoyed the beautiful art, although some of the artists were not 100% to my taste. It was an interesting balance of "traditional" examples of art and more dramatic, contemporary examples. The exhibition of Eastern Art and history on the top levels contained some beautiful artifacts and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This museum was included in our Venezia Unica pass. Modern art is not our favorite but we were anxious to visit the palazzo. It is worth a visit - whether you are a fan of modern art or not.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Huge collection of Japan Art - weapons, lacquers, porcelain and pottery, .... Lower grounds housed modern art gallery. Not too much visitors, so it is also a quiet place to meditate.

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San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.