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Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, René Magritte, Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky and Alberto Giacometti — these are just some of the great masters exhibited in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni Friday, 7 June 2019

By Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, René Magritte, Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky and Alberto Giacometti — these are just some of the great masters exhibited in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. A treasure chest of Istrian stone located on Venice’s picturesque Grand Canal, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is an 18th-century palace where the great American art collector Peggy Guggenheim lived for more than 30 years.

Today, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection — housed in the museum — is among the most visited museums in Italy for modern and contemporary art. Guggenheim created a unique art collection with flair and passion, assembling the core of her selection in London, Paris and New York between 1938 and 1947. In 1948 her collection was exhibited at the first post-war Venice Biennale.

The works were assembled with the advice of distinguished artists and critics, such as Marcel Duchamp, Herbert Read and Nelly van Doesburg, and today include masterpieces from cubism to abstraction, from surrealism to American expressionism: all the avant-gardes of the first half of the 20th century are represented.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a must-see when visiting Venice, with the opportunity to admire the masterpieces of the 1900s in the patron’s museum house. Visitors can also explore the Nasher Sculpture Garden, which includes works by Max Ernst, Giacometti, Jenny Holzer, Henry Moore and others, as well as sculptures on temporary loan from other foundations and galleries by Marino Marini, Anish Kapoor and Maurizio Nannucci. The collection also features 80 works of Italian, European and American art from the years following 1945. This includes works by Giuseppe Capogrossi, Jean Dubuffet, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is owned and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, which also operates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. It’s also a partner of the Basque Regional Government for the programming of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

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