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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Oriental and modern art museum

The oriental section of this museum originates from Venice's former extensive trading contacts to the east. This includes a lot of weaponry and porcelain, some music instruments... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This palazzo is off the beaten track, which made it a fun challenge wending through the narrow alleys of Venice. It is a beautiful palazzo, which, sadly, has been so heavily renovated to show art that there are few traces of its former charm. The modern art collection is mostly Italian artists, but few are from the A-list represented in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The oriental section of this museum originates from Venice's former extensive trading contacts to the east. This includes a lot of weaponry and porcelain, some music instruments, a chessboard with (probably ivory) pieces. The connection of the modern art section to Venice is not obvious. It includes a painting by Klimt, another by Tanguy. And many others whom I don't... More 

Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Palace is first class architecture. Gallery inside has first class paintings and very, very good presentation. It is modern but not aggressive. It is not peaceful place but instant tourists are not visiting it inside. You can walk around and admire masterpieces from 20. century. You can find Rodin, Klimt, Kandinsky, Medardo Rosso and many younger artists as De Chirico,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is in a beautiful villa giving the collection Venetian ambiance. It isn't a large collection and easily viewed in 1-2 hours. Of interest, there is a very impressive Asian armory collection on the top floor as well. When many of the other Venetian sites were packed, we found this museum to be calm and uncrowded, with a lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This collection was a wonderful surprise of modern art. If you love modern art this collection is almost as good as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Almost but not quite. Rodin's thicker sculpture, Klimt's Judith, Moore sculptures. Alexander Calder mobile. The best kept secret in Venice is the cafe at Ca'Pesaro. It opens onto the Grand Canal and you can sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

This is a beautiful Palace right on the Grand Canal. I walked from the Piazalle do Roma bus and train station and it challenged my map-reading skills but it was fun and well worth the effort. It is located on Fondamenta Ca' Pesaro, near the S. Stae waterstop and is marked as Ca' Pesaro on my map. The entrance fee... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Saved this museum until after the Guggenheim. It may make sense to visit oft first for chronological reference. Some exceptional pieces and a collection that doesn't seem overly visited. Includes works by Klimt, Chagall and Italian impressionist. Monumental palace beautifully renovated.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

This is, to me at least, by far the better of the "Ca"s included in the museum pass and the art gallery in the first floor makes the visit worth it. Whereas I found the modern art pieces in the second floor mostly boring even though there were a couple of Andy Warhol works, final floor including a vast Oriental... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

I spent nearly 2 hours in here enjoying the two floors of Modern and Contemporary Italian and other art. There is on display a good mix. I saw Rodin,Lichtenstein, Troop and a host of Italian artists too. It was interesting how they reflected the Art of the time from France, Germany and USA. On the top floor are 30000 pieces... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

My daughter and I visited using the Venezia Unica pass. We loved the permanent collections, but were less impressed with the visiting collection. While we went primarily for the modern and contemporary art, we thoroughly enjoyed the Oriental Art component of the museum -- it was truly impressive!

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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.