The Peggy Guggenheim Collection was a favorite of mine while visiting Venice, I enjoyed everything about it. The collection of modern art is brilliant and housed inside the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th century palace on the Grand Canal. The whole museum scene is to be appreciated – the renovations made to the palazzo are modern and open, Peggy Guggenheim had lived here for decades, and it is filled with her impressive art collection.
Peggy Guggenheim began to display her private modern artwork collection in 1951, a couple of years after she had purchased the Palazzo. In 1979 after Peggy’s death, the collection was donated to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The foundation kept the collection opened to the public from 1980, as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
The museum’s collections are a combination of Peggy Guggenheim’s personal art collection, the former wife of artist Max Ernst, and Solomon Guggenheim’s niece. Peggy started collecting large amounts of artwork in Europe between 1936 – 1946, as World War II began. Then while in America, Peggy discovered several impressive talents including Jackson Pollock. Her Palazzo on the Grand Canal has been noted as ‘a well-respected collection, with an impressive selection of modern art’.
The Peggy Guggenheim collection includes artworks by American and European Modernists, as well as prominent Italian futurists who worked with genres such as abstract expressionism, cubism and surrealism. I had viewed magnificent works by several of my favorites- Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso during my visit.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is opened daily from 10-5 and tickets can be purchased online or at the door. My recommendation is always to purchase your tickets online prior to any tourist location, to skip the queue and save on time.
For ticket and collection information, please visit – The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Peggy Guggenheim Museum
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