Peggy Guggenheim Foundation

Price guide: Mid-range

Fondamenta Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice

Price guide: Mid-range

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
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Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
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Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Education, Great views / scenery

Expert review of Peggy Guggenheim Foundation

A remarkable modern art collection in a delightful setting.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, in a quaintly truncated Grand Canal palazzo, is home to the collection of the remarkable Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), who used her not inconsiderable fortune in the early and mid 20th century to snap up art – and artists. Her list of lovers included Yves Tanguy and Samuel Becket; she married Max Ernst though not for long.

Friends and acquaintances featured in this wonderfully accessible gallery include Picasso, Brancusi, Max Ernst and Jackson Pollock. Out on the little canal-facing terrace stands a horse and (stark naked) rider by Marino Marini: one of Peggy's party tricks, reportedly, was to unscrew his member and thrust it upon men she fancied.

I love this gallery, where Peggy G's  mischievous spirit still seems to hold court. But the sculpture-filled garden – where Peggy is buried – is also a delight, as it the pretty café.

Price advice: 

 €12. Reduced tickets at €10 (OAPs) and €7 (students and children).

Expert tips: 
In 2010 the gallery marks its 30th anniversary with a series of special events.
Check the website for really excellent creative events for children.

More information on Peggy Guggenheim Foundation:

Price guide:
Art gallery, Park / garden
Fondamenta Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice
041 5206288
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
10am-6pm. Closed Tue.
Free tags / Keywords:
Modern art

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