Peggy Guggenheim Museum
Designed as a palace with four floors in the XVIII century, the Venier dei Leoni was never raised over the ground floor: from here the nickname in vogue in Venice, "Palazzo Nonfinito". In 1949 the building was purchased as residence dulia american miliardaria Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), collector and patron who brought his strardinaria collection of art of avant-garde. Woman insightful and lively, promoted the careers of many innovative artists, Surrealism and abstraction. One of these was Max Ernst, the second husband.
The collection consists of 200 paintings and sculptures, representing almost all the artistic movements modern and contemporary.
The dining room hosts notable works cubist as II poet of Pablo Picasso. An entire room is dedicated to Jackson Pollock, which was discovered by Guggenheim. Other artists in the exhibition are Braque, Chagall, De Chirico, Dalì, Duchamp, Léger, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, Miro, Malevich, Rothko, Bacon and Magritte, which is certainly to see the famous Empire of light (1953-4).
The sculptures are located both inside and in the garden.
One of the most elegant works is Bird in Space (1923 ca.) of Constantin Brancusi. The most provocative, on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal is the Angel dellacittadella of Marino Marini (1948) a prominent man (sitting on a horse, erected in all senses. Visitors embarrassed look elsewhere the Ioro look, perhaps toward the channel. The Guggenheim collection in which are also preserved the ashes of the foundress, is one of the attractions is the most popular of Venice and the most qualified of the city with regard to modern art. The salt invaded by the lights and the large canvases modern make the stark contrast with the renaissance paintings of the churches and museums.
Often there are held temporary exhibitions and events.