The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the 20th century. It’s located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal in Venice. The museum presents Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection, masterpieces from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, as well as temporary exhibitions.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is owned and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Permanent collection / The collection holds major works of Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism, and American Abstract Expressionism by some of the greatest artists of 20th century. These include Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Léger, Brancusi, Severini, Picabia, de Chirico, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Miró, Giacometti, Klee, Ernst, Magritte, Dalí, Pollock and Warhol.

The museum also exhibits works of art given to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for its Venetian museum since Peggy Guggenheim’s death, as well as long-term loans from private collections. From July 1997 to September 2015, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection exhibited a selection of 26 masterpieces from the world-renowned Mattioli Collection of early 20th-century Italian art, including important works by Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Fortunato Depero, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio Morandi, Ottone Rosai, Luigi Russolo, Gino Severini, Mario Sironi, and Ardengo Soffici.

Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection / In October 2012 eighty works of Italian, European and American art of the decades after 1945 were added to the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in Venice. They were the bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, who collected the works with her late husband Rudolph B. Schulhof. They include paintings by Burri, Dubuffet, Fontana, Hofmann, Kelly, Kiefer, Noland, Rothko, and Twombly, as well as sculptures by Calder, Caro, Holzer, Judd and Hepworth. The Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Garden exhibits works from this collection.

Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden / The Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden and other outdoor spaces at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents works from the permanent collections and Foundation (by Arp, Duchamp-Villon, Ernst, Flanagan, Giacometti, Gilardi, Goldsworthy, Holzer, Marini, Minguzzi, Mirko, Merz, Moore, Ono, Paladino, Richier, Takis), as well as sculptures on temporary loan from foundations and private collections (by Calder, Kapoor , Marini, Nannucci, Smith).

What Atelier Judith says: “Visiting this museum was an enriching experience for me. Since attending a uni course about modern art and American sixties art I recognized almost every single artworks and seeing them in real was amazing. The current permanent exhibition about Tancredi is also worth a visit! And make sure you check out the museum shop because they offer many  interesting books and catalogues.”

More about the museum’s history, current exhibitions and general information here.


Photos from the past (showing Madame Peggy):




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