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Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna

Address: Santa Croce 2070, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)
Phone Number: +39 041 721127
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Ranked #37 of 215 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Ca’ Pesaro, the most important baroque palace in the city, designed by Baldassare Longhena, has...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Enjoyed the modern and Asian art displays. Change of pace from other museums we visited in Venice. It was included in the Venice pass and we were interested in seeing the building, so that initially drew us in. But once inside we loved the art collection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The museum has some very interesting displays. Some of the displays a bit too modern for my taste, but overall it was a pleasant experience. We took the pass to all the museums and saw about 5 of them. Well worth it.

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Pair this with a visit to the Guggenheim, and you'll have an excellent array of fabulous art to savour.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A very well put together collection with excellent explanations (in a variety of languages) that direct you around the gallery like your own guide - just enough detail, but still gives you scope to form your own thoughts about the pieces. The sculptures are particularly engaging.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We especially liked the Sonnabend show that has been in the museum. The pieces that have come out of the Venice Biennale are interesting, some superb. This museum gives an interesting view of Italian art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Ca' Pesaro consists of two separate collections, the city's collection of modern art, mostly purchases from the Venice Biennale, and the Asian art collection of Prince Henry of Bourbon-Parma, Count of Bardi, which he bought during a trip to Asia, and left to the city. The Count focused especially on weapons and accouterments, but the collection also has some magnificent... More 

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Naples, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The entry ticket includes both museums (Modern Art and Oriental Art) in the same ticket. The Oriental Museum's collection is enormous, with mostly items from Japan, some from China, Indonesia, Thailand, and other Asian countries. It is mostly the collection of one man after his travels through Asia. The collection of Japanese katana is extensive, but no blades are shown,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This museum has amazing combination of modern art and asian art. I liked the most modern art collection which is excellent. The art is absolutely amazing! Lots of well known artists... Well recomend!

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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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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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