Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Palazzo Venire dei Leoni, Venice

On our pre Christmas visit to Venice we took in a lot of art especially at St Mark’s Basilica where the Byzantium mosaics were brilliant in every sense. However the artistic highlight was a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of modern art.

Peggy Guggenheim was married to Max Ernst and was thoroughly immersed in the modern art movements of the post war period. Every major artist was represented and over many years she continued to buy and support emerging and established artists. I have to confess that not all modern art interests me however you had to be impressed with this amazing collection that is beautifully displayed in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home. This is situated on  the banks of the Grand Canal just a short distance for the famous St Mark’s Square.

My favourite painting was one by Vasily Kandinsky and I was also attracted to the colourful cubist creation by Fernand Leger. Evelyn liked the wind driven mobiles by Alexander Calder, and the work of Indian painter V.S. Gaitonde. Outside alongside the Grand Canal was a very provocative and strong sculpture by Marino Marini entitled “Angel of the City” that must have attracted lots of comments in this very exposed position. Henry Moore was also represented and the sculpture garden was a real triumph with some stunning work displayed against a soft green Italian background.

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