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Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna

Santa Croce 2070, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)
+39 041 721127
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Ranked #42 of 221 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This museum has the funny yet wonderful combination of modern art and asian art, mostly in the form of arms and armor. The modern art collection is excellent. Our only complaint is that one of us is elderly and I was suffering from a knee injury and we could not find an elevator anywhere, so beware the many steps! None... More

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

So many reviews say that they had a flying visit, but this lovely gallery deserves more. The Art here is absolutely amazing, some very well known artists such as Picasso and Bonnard, some less so, but all magnificent to a lover of Modern Art. The cafe serves a reasonably priced and quite delicious lunch, I took mine on the terrace... More

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Tel Aviv
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We strolled around the city and gave Ca'Pesaro a quick visit as part of the combined museum ticket we have bought. The museum is not large and houses both modern art exhibits and the oriental museum. If you are around it is worth stopping by if a good exhibition is up hanging. No need to come all the way especially...

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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

A good, not too large, collection of modern art. Many well known artists (Roy Lichtenstein, Rodin, Andy Warhol etc.) which I liked to some new to me, which again I liked, to some installation art which I didn't understand! That's Art! The Oriental collection - lots of arms and armour, but some decorative art as well - attached to the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I very much enjoyed my visit to Ca' Pisaro after great difficulty finding it! Even with navigation, I made several wrong turns. The collection is an interesting mix of American, Italian, and other European modern artists, ranging from Rodin to a site-specific Saul Lewitt. It's interesting to see the Italian artists in juxtaposition with their better-known contemporaries. I was particularly... More

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Heswall, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a beautiful palazzo on the grande canal, which has lovely views from its upper floor, and from the few tables in the coffee shop on the ground floor. The rooms are helpfully titled according to era or art movement to guide those like me who have little clue about art. Staff are helpful and the range of exhibits... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We loved this place. There paintings and sculptures are fantastic - even if the works on the second floor are a little inaccessible to the untrained eye (like mine). The cafe really enhances this venue though. Sitting in the fresh air (you don't have to though), 1 meter from the Grand Canal watching Venetian life on the water pass by... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Great, nicely curated 20th century collection. Without the personality of Peggy Gugg - but some spectacular works. The Adolfo Wildt's blew me away. Super cool, if slightly incongruous Oriental collection of weapons/ porcelain etc in top floor was a fun ending. Good value.

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Duns, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The gallery was quite difficult to find but a definite treat when we did arrive. The collection contained examples from Warhol, Lichtenstein, Kandinsky, Picasso, Klimt, Nicholson and many, many others; a visual treat for the modern art fan. There was also a fantastic oriental collection featuring beautiful fabrics, lacquer work, weapons and ceramics. The coffee shop had a wonderful view... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the art in spacious rooms of a wonderful palace. Special hiroshige exhibit was a bonus plus other oriental art. Special coffee in their coffee shop overlooking the grand canal was a real respite from the crowds on the streets.

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