The Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim Col­lec­tion

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The mu­seum, boa­sting one of the mo­st im­por­tant col­lec­tions of the 20th cen­tu­ry art in Eu­ro­pe, hosts the per­so­nal col­lec­tion of Ame­ri­can hei­ress and pre­sti­gious tem­po­ra­ry ex­hi­bi­tions. By Ele­na Pe­ve­ra­ta

Lo­ca­ted on the left-hand si­de of the Grand Ca­nal, ju­st beyond the Chur­ch of the Ma­don­na del­la Sa­lu­te, you will co­me across a buil­ding that seems stran­ge and un­fi­ni­shed, but is al­so ele­gant and well-ten­ded. The Pa­laz­zo Ve­nier dei Leo­ni, for­mer­ly ho­me to the pro­mi­nent and po­wer­ful Ve­nier fa­mi­ly, was ori­gi­nal­ly plan­ned to be­co­me one of the mo­st sump­tuous buil­dings in Venice. Con­struc­tion of the pa­laz­zo be­gan in or around 1748, but was hal­ted af­ter on­ly one floor was com­ple­ted. Un­de­ter­red by its ra­ther sket­chy sha­pe, and upon seeing the pa­laz­zo wi­th its beau­ti­ful gar­den, ec­cen­tric Ame­ri­can hei­ress Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim, a lo­ver of mo­dern art, la dol­ce vi­ta and men, fell in lo­ve wi­th it. She pur­cha­sed Pa­laz­zo Ve­nier in 1948, and mo­ved in wi­th her col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­ra­ry art, sub­se­quen­tly ope­ning bo­th the pa­laz­zo and her ex­traor­di­na­ry col­lec­tion of art­works to the pu­blic.

In 1980, af­ter her dea­th, the Peg­gy Gug­ge­n­heim Col­lec­tion was be­quea­thed to the So­lo­mon R. Gug­ge­n­heim Foun­da­tion, whi­ch al­so ma­na­ges the So­lo­mon R. Gug­ge­n­heim in New York and the Gug­ge­n­heim Mu­seum in Bil­bao. In 1985, Pa­laz­zo Ve­nier dei Leo­ni was of­fi­cial­ly con­ver­ted in­to a mu­seum. To­day, thanks to its 20th cen­tu­ry col­lec­tion of art, it is con­si­de­red one of the mo­st im­por­tant mu­seums in Eu­ro­pe. The col­lec­tion in­clu­des ma­ster­pie­ces of Cu­bi­sm, Fu­tu­ri­sm, Eu­ro­pean Ab­strac­ti­sm, Ame­ri­can Ab­stract Sur­rea­li­sm and Ex­pres­sio­ni­sm, as well as works by il­lu­strious ar­tists li­ke Pi­cas­so, Pol­lock, Kan­din­sky, Mi­ró, de Chi­ri­co and Da­lí. It al­so hosts pre­sti­gious tem­po­ra­ry ex­hi­bi­tions. www.gug­ge­n­heim-venice.it

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