|Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice|
|Palazzo Venier dei Leoni|
|A Lion (Leoni)|
I began my tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection with a stroll through the Nasher Sculpture Garden where abstract forms by Henry Moore, Max Ernst (whom she married) and many others rest beneath the trees of the villa’s shady garden.
|Nasher Sculpture Garden|
|In the Streets of Athens|
Max Ernst (1960)
Marino Marini (1945)
Jean Arp (1946)
Luciano Minguzzi (1950-52)
|Oval With Points|
Henry Moore (1968-69)
Fritz Koenig (1957)
Peggy’s ashes are buried in the garden, along with her fourteen Lhasa Apso dogs.
|Peggy Guggenheim's Grave|
The villa’s airy rooms are filled with colourful canvasses by such celebrated artists as Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
|Eyes in the Heat (1946) and The Moon Woman (1942)|
|On the Beach|
Pablo Picasso (1937)
Pablo Picasso (1928)
|Birth of Liquid Desires|
Salvador Dali (1931-32)
After viewing the collection I stepped out onto the sunny terrace where an equestrian sculpture by Marino Marini, The Angel of the City, shares the sweeping Grand Canal views with the museum's visitors.
|The Angel of the City|
Two pieces from the Schulhof Collection were displayed on the terrace: a large sandstone block, Untitled, by Anish Kapoor and a striking red steel structure, The Cow, by Alexander Calder.
|View of Grand Canal towards the Accademia Bridge|
Untitled, Anish Kapoor (1993)
|View of Grand Canal towards San Marco|
Untitled, Anish Kapoor and The Cow, Alexander Calder (1971)
Standing there on the sunny terrace I could imagine Peggy entertaining her celebrity guests, like Paul Newman or Yoko Ono. I'd love to see the documentary about her fascinating life, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Here’s a link to the trailer.
The museum is located in the Dorsoduro district of Venice between the Accademia and Salute vaporetto stops. It can also be reached on foot via the Accademia Bridge or by traghetto (gondola ferry) at the Santa Maria del Giglio crossing.
|Santa Maria del Giglio Traghetto|
For more information on the museum and its art, visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection website.