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Collezione Peggy Guggenheim


This is a modern art museum of paintings and sculptures which were collected by American Peggy Guggenheim. The museum is housed within the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Peggy Guggenheim's former home. In 1951 Peggy Guggenheim first welcomed the public into her home, on a seasonal basis to view her private collection and following her death in 1979 the Guggenheim Foundation opened the museum year-round to the general public. The museum is one of the most popular in Venice.

The collection consists of 20th century art from Europe and America, the core collection holds works by Picasso, Braque, Brancusi, Severini, Picabia, de Chirico, Mondrian, Dali, Pollock, Kandinsky, Miro, Giacometti, Klee, Leger, Ernst, Magritte, Gorky, Calder and Marini. The Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection is on permanent loan to the museum. The collection includes works dated after 1945 from Europe and America. The Gianni Mattioli Collection includes 26 masterpieces on long term loan and features work in the Italian Futurism genre like Boccioni's Dynamism of a Cyclist and Carra's Interventionist Demonstration. There are also early works by Morandi and a portrait f Modigliani. The Patsy R. Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden is part of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The palace's outdoor space has been used to display works by Arp, Duchamp-Villon, Moore, Flanagan and more.

The museum is housed in an 18th century palace on the Grand Canal, designed by Lorenzo Boschetti, however the building was never completed. It is unknown why the palace was never completed. The palace has a distinctive façade, which is unusually long and low on the water. The façade is made of Istrian stone. The home changed owners, from the illustrious and powerful Venier family to Marchesa Luisa Casati who owned the property from 1910 to 1924. Peggy Guggenheim made the palace her home away from home in 1949 and remained here until her death in 1979.

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