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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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The legendary art collector and patroness Peggy Guggenheim first brought her impressive collection of European and American avant-garde art to Venice in 1948 for the needs of the biennial. In less than a year she had already bought Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, a 18th century building that had never been finished (thus earning the nickname of Palazzo Non Finito among Venetians).
Of the four floors designed by the architect only one was completed at the time - a tiny nuisance that didn't dissuade Peggy from settling down there with her plentiful family of doggies and staying put till her final hours in 1979. The final resting place of Peggy and her pets is located in the museum's sculpture garden. The museum (or, rather, one of its halls, the Dining Room) was opened in 1951, while Peggy was still alive. The Library where the outlandish collector used to hold grand and crazy parties for artists, art patrons and intellectuals, is currently housing the classics of Surrealism. Another of the rooms, the Guest Bedroom, is completely dedicated to Jackson Pollock, the classic of abstract expressionism, a passionate patroness of whom was Peggy Guggenheim. You will also find works by Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Vassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Max Ernst and others.

Do visit the bookstore as well: next to art books and catalogues it sells quite a few eccentric souvenirs designed à la Peggy Guggenheim (the legendary glasses are among them).

Dorsoduro 701
www.guggenheim-venice.it

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