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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

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Located on the banks of Venice’s Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is hands down one of the finest museums of modern art in Italy.

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ThePeggy Guggenheim Collection in a few words

Palazzo Venier dei Leoni

Located on the Grand Canal in Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is housed in the magnificent Venier dei Leoni Palace.

In the mid-17th century, the Veniers were one of the most powerful and wealthy families in Venice. To show everyone the true extent of their power, they decided to build a sumptuous palace on the Grand Canal, and entrusted the construction to architect Lorenzo Boschetti.

The building was to be one of the most luxurious palaces in Venice. But the Correr Family, whose palace was located on the opposit bank of the Grand Canal and considered one of the most beautiful in Venice, was far from thrilled to hear about the Veniers’ lavish project.

And the construction works ended up ceasing altogether. Was it for financial reasons or because of the Corrers? It remains a mystery to this day…

Peggy Guggenheim Collection - Venice

The origins of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The name “Guggenheim” is not unknown to you? That’s probably because this legendary family of patrons left a long-lasting mark on the art world in the 20th century.

Born in 1898 in New York, Peggy Guggenheim was the daughter of a wealthy banker. Her father tragically disappeared in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Her uncle, who was an art enthusiast, created in 1937 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which now owns the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art in Bilbao.

Peggy inherited her family’s love for art. She was a regular in American and European intellectual circles and and befriended numerous artists, buying their pieces for her personnal collection. In 1942, she married famous painter and sculptor Max Ernst, but their romance was short-lived and the couple separated in 1946.

In the following years, Peggy Guggenheim kept on leading a Bohemian life and expanding her art collections. She supported confidential artists who soon gained international recognition, like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.

In the late 1940s, Peggy Guggenheim settled in Venice, in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where she spent the last 30 years of her life. When she died in 1979, she donated her collections and her home (in the garden of which her ashes are buried) to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection opened to the public in 1980. It is now considered one of the finest museums of modern art in Italy, and Captain Ulysses most definitely agrees!

Visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Housed in beautiful Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a true favourite of Captain Ulysses’. The museum exhibits pieces of many of the finest artists of the 20th century,

including Pablo Picasso, George Braque, René Magritte, Vassily Kandinsky, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Giorgio de Chirico, Fernand Léger, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Outside, the sculpture garden exhibits somptuous pieces from Giacometti, Brancusci, Moore and Kapoor.

Behind the palace, don’t miss the breathtaking view on the Grand Canal, as well as the iconic sculpture by Marino Marini entitled the Angelo della Città.

Captain Ulysses loved the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation and can only recommend that you stopover while in Venice: you definitely will not regret it! 😉

Access

Getting to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

To get to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, head to the Dorsoduro sestiere (district). The museum is located halfway between the Ponte dell’Accademia (Accademia Bridge) and Santa Maria della Salute. The nearest vaporetto stations are Accademia (lines 1 and 2) and Salute (line 1).

👉 Book your bus + vaporetto pass

Opening times

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is open every day of the week except on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on December 25th.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection - View on the Grand Canal

Admission

Ticket prices range from 15 euros for adults, to 13 euros for visitors over 65, and 9 euros for students under the age of 26. Admission is free for children under the age of 10.

Venice is a very (very) touristy city and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is no exception: the queue to enter the museum can prove somewhat daunting. To avoid waiting in line, you can book a ticket online in advance. especially during high season.

👉 Book your skip-the-line ticket to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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