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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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Description: 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Nice opportunity to see some great 20th century art amidst 'all the old' in Venice. The collection Modern Art is impressive, nice ittenary until it suddenly stops when you hope to see the conclusion of the 20th century. Don't go to the Orient collection unless you're really going for it...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A gallery of modern art - a nice contrast to a week of viewing Renaissance art - set inside one of Venice's most beautiful palazzi. Literally set inside. nothing is hung on the walls of the palace itself, but on gallery walls set up inside the rooms of the palazzo. The magnificent ceilings, windows, doors, trim & original floors of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Though I myself am not very interested in art museums my 17 year old cousin who is liked this museum very much! Is not too big, which is a plus, and for the same ticket you are granted access to an impressive collection of Japanese items.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Visited mainly because of the combined ticket with Saint Mark's Square Museums, but it's worthy of visit on is own. Klimt's "Judith II" is one the obvious highlights... but the Oriental Museum upstairs is also noteworthy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Loved the Ca' Pesaro for one reason - the Cy Twombly exhibition that's currently on display. If you're in Venice this July, don't miss this dramatic, warm display of work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Really interestingly curated thematically. Gives you a chance to see Italian modern art in a wider international context, as each room juxtaposes several Italian artists with their extra-Italian contemporaries. Beautifully displayed, not cluttered. The collection is small but has some really lovely paintings, including a portrait by De Pisis and an absolutely gorgeous Sorolla, Mending the Sails. if early 20th... More 

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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.