Losing your way in the streets of Venice is the most fascinating experience..you never know what you’ll find next :-). As is usual with me, I ventured away from my group on my second day in Venice for a relaxed unplanned walk and got lost. Of course, I was still enjoying taking the newfound sights in when I came across this narrow little interesting looking black iron door. Bound by habit, I peered in and there it was..the Peggy Guggenheim collection and Nasher sculpture garden.
Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) was an American art collector who was as well known for her private life as for her art collection. She was a central figure in the Paris art world from 1922 onwards. The museum contains works from the most famous European and American artists of the first half of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Alexander Calder, and it also hosts special exhibitions throughout the year.
The museum is located in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Guggenheim’s former home on the Grand Canal, not far from the Galleria dell’Accademia.
The museum also exhibits works of art given to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for its Venetian museum since Peggy Guggenheim’s death, as well as long-term loans from private collections.
The Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden and other outdoor spaces at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents works from the permanent collections as well as sculptures on temporary loan from foundations and private collections.