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“Modern Art lovers delight”

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Ranked #30 of 800 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This satellite gallery of the famous Guggenheim in New York occupies the 17th-century Customs House in Venice, featuring modern and contemporary works of art.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a must see for lovers of Modern Art. Her life was all about collecting and supporting Modern Art, and the collection showcases portions of her vast collection. They allow photos, so bring your camera. Enjoy the sculpture garden where you'll find her beloved dogs and she are buried!

Thank robertaj740
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

great pieces by Motherwell and so many others; amazing setting - wish I lived there in those spaces!!!

Thank LindaSFCA
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I visited this museum more than 20 years ago and was particularly taken by its personal feel. I remember furniture and paintings particularly designed for this palazzo and at their original place, leaving the viewer with an excellent impression of its owners passion for modern art. I did not find any of these items at this visit - instead, the palazzo seems to be completely stripped and converted into blank white walls that accommodate a range of modern art, many pieces likely acquired after Peggy's death. The view and location is still striking and worth a visit.

Thank AllieAn
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you like The Tate Modern in London, you'll love this. However, if you are sceptical about modern art, save your €14 pp entrance. This place is not for you. Enough said.

Thank Amanda B
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Penny ("slept with a thousand men") resloved to buy a work or painting every day. This museum, nestling in her beautiful Grand Canalside home is a distillation of her personal art collection. The main gallery is reached through the garden which contains a variety of sculptures, incuding a Henry Moore on your left as you approach the steps. Inside is a selection of works by Max Ernst (P.G.'s second husband), Magritte,Picasso, Dali, Pollock, Kandinsky, Chagalle,Mondrian and some of which you may not be aware. keep an eye open for the Modigliani secreted away downstairs in an alcove and the oval Braque juxtaposed with a similar Picasso. You can marvel at the sheer visual genius of Umberto Boccione's 1913 futurist "Dynamism of a cyclist" work, lose yourself in Luigi Russolo's atmospheric "solidity of fog". (Two of my favourites)..
There is a small section devoted to Penny G's daughter, Pegeen Jezabel Vail, whose rather naive style always seems to me to be a cry to her mother for recognition as an artist and more importantly as a child who like her mother evidently had a miserable early life with a violent alcoholic father and bohemian mother before suicide by overdose at 41. Desperate. On a much lighter note, there is a beautiful view over the Grand Canal from the accessible front patio. Take five minutes to go and enjoy it.On the step outside you will find Marino Marini's statue of a "Little man with an erection on a horse". Which must be my favourite hoopla stall... the turgid phallus alone has been polished to a patina by the touch of thousands of women and probably a number of men. Like the obvious tempting bulge in the pants of the Hussar in Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris-should you want more!
Loads of superb art in a small space.
Toilets are modern and there is an excellent cafe. GO SEE IT!

Thank travelpig_9
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