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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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Lovely musuem, small and quick, lots of steps

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jodi P
Tel Aviv, Israel

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 27, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Starting with a long pause to absorb Rodin's monumental gesso/plaster sculpture, Burghers of Calais, we enjoyed the rounded sampling of Modern art. San Pietro's works added to my list of favorites. Other paintings of note were those by Kandinski, Míro, Calder, Ernst, and Arp, among others. The special featuring of the large Cy Twombly paintings was great. The gallery in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

This beautiful marble Baroque palace on the Grand Canal gives you a two for one. There are two museums here that offer you a look at modern and oriental art - Gallery of Modern Art and the Asian Art Museum. Ca' Pesaro was designed in the late 17th century by Baldassare Longhena (he also built Ca’Rezzonico and Santa Maria della... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I had no expectation for this Gallery, but it was on my Museum Pass, it was on the way back to the hotel at the end of a sight-seeing day, and I had just seen a lovely painting of the Grand Canal from Ca' Pesaro at the Ca' Rezzonico. Modern art -- this made my husband very happy. Small collection... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

My husband and I had the museum pass so we took advantage of the included museums including this one. We probably only stayed about 30 min. There were some nice sculptures and Art Nouveau pieces but some of the more contemporary looked like children's drawings and were unimpressive. Nice space overall though and worth the visit with the museum pass.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I was hopeful that this would be an enjoyable experience. There were some good works of art present. I particularly liked George James Frampton's La belle Dame Sans Merci- a bronze statue. Bastida's Sewing the Sail is a very pretty painting. Names I knew were Chirico, Derain, Dufy, Ernst and Kandinsky. Frieske's Autumn is a lovely painting. Pizzanato's A Ghost... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We went in because my husband was interested in the building, and I'm so glad we did. What was wonderful collection. Some of our favorite sections were the Japanese collection (perhaps a temporary exhibit) and the pop art. This ended up being one of our favorite places in Venice.

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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.