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Peggy Guggenheim Museum

Peggy Guggenheim Museum Peggy Guggenheim Museum

The Peggy Guggenheim Museum offers a personal collection of modern art collected by Peggy Guggenheim. Peggy was an American married to modern artist Max Ernst, and funded a number of his contemporaries. The gallery includes a sculpture garden and works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Tanguy, Duchamp, Pollock, Dali, and Mondrian.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a small museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is one of several museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Containing principally the personal art collection of Peggy Guggenheim (1898–1979), a former wife of artist Max Ernst and a niece of mining magnate Solomon R. Guggenheim, this museum houses a somewhat smaller and more idiosyncratic collection than the other Guggenheim Foundation museums. However, the works on display include those of prominent American modernists and Italian futurists. Pieces in the collection embrace Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract expressionism. These include notable works by Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Brancusi (including a sculpture from the Bird in Space series) and Pollock. Other prominent artists include Braque, Duchamp, Léger, Severini, Picabia, de Chirico, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Miró, Giacometti, Klee, Gorky, Calder and Max Ernst among others.

The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an unfinished 18th century palazzo which was never built past the ground floor level. In one room, the museum also exhibits a few paintings by her daughter Pegeen Vail. In the courtyards between the main buildings are sculpture gardens containing an extensive collection of works.

Its most famous (or notorious) exhibit is the 1948 bronze "The Angel of the City" by Marino Marini, positioned at the front of the palazzo, facing the Grand Canal. It is rumoured that this nude and clearly excited horse rider was originally possessed of a screw-in demountable penis so that it could be removed in order to avoid offending passing VIPs. So many of the bronze phalluses were stolen (although this may be an urban myth), that the current member has been welded to the Angel's body.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century.


Adults: €10, Seniors (over 65 years): €8, Students (18 years and under or holders of valid student ID): €5.

Hours: W-M: 10AM-6PM. Closed on Tuesdays and on 25 December. Open on national holidays (including Tuesdays).

Map of Peggy Guggenheim Museum

The Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, is located on the Dorsoduro region of Venice, to the east of the Accademia bridge, on the southern side of the Grand Canal

Additional Info

  • Address: 704 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venezia.

1 comment

  • Martin
    Martin Wednesday, 20 February 2013 18:49 Comment Link

    A small museum to visit, with interesting modern art and garden. The terrace gives a good view over the Grand Canal. It was a little crowded when I visited and there is not a lot of space so if it looks crowded I'd not recommend going in. Probably only need an hour or so to visit. Probably sufficiently small and interesting collection not to bore kids. Would recommend that you purchase the audio guide, if not look for the meeting time of the free tours.

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