The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is available in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. The latter is a spectacular 18th-century palace which is the residence of Peggy Guggenheim. She is a collector of contemporary artworks and opened her collection to the public in 1951. Unfortunately, she died in 1979 and the collection was given to Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Among her collections are the Futurism painting, Cubism, Surrealism, an abstraction that is European, and several of American Abstract Expressionism in the 20th century. Some of the famous artists were: Picasso featuring his works like The Poet and On the Beach, Duchamp with his Sad Young Man on a Train, Kandinsky’s Landscape with Red Spots Mondrian, Miró (Seated Woman II), Composition No. 1 with Grey and Red 1938, No. 2, White Cross, Pollock (The Moon Woman, Alchemy, Magritte , Dalí (Birth of Liquid Desires), and Klee (Magic Garden), Ernst (The Kiss, Attirement of the Bride).
Peggy also included in her collection some folk art made by less-famous artists like Rothko, Mondrian, Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, and Kandinsky. Since her style is more of the contemporary art and a somewhat bizarre taste, she lived a different and unique life compared to other women of her time.
She began to be interested in some postwar artworks created by some Italian futurists, and some of Fascism style. She helped Giuseppe Santomaso and Emilio Vedova in the reappraisals of the Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Giorgio Morandi, and Giorgio de Chirico. Her Grand Canal quay or the Marino Marini’s 1948 Angel of the City is a structure of a bronze man on horseback visited by many tourists.
The Place of Peggy’s great works is found in the sculpture garden. It is a pavilion consisting a bookshop, bathrooms, cafe, and temporary displays of her modernist art. The memorial on the corner is the Fondamenta Venier dei Leoni, it is also selling a replica of Peggy glasses like that of the lion of San Marco with wings.
Visitors concluded that the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is well worth the trip. Understanding Peggy’s lifetime gives you a hint of her art tastes and styles. Try this unique experience and appreciate the museum’s varied modernist collections.
The Guggenheim Collection is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 pm but closed on Tuesdays. Admission fees are 15 euros for adults (about $18) and 9 euros (about $10.80) for pupils younger than 26 and free for kids younger than 10.
Address: Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia VE
Hours: Open today · 10 AM — 6 PM
Founder: Peggy Guggenheim
Founded: Italy, 1951
Phone: +39 041 240 5411
Website: Peggy Guggenheim Collection