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Peggy Guggenheim's Museum in Venice

Catherine de Boer

 Peggy’s beautiful blue Venetian glass figurines.

Peggy’s beautiful blue Venetian glass figurines.

There is something very special and moving about visiting the former home, and now house museum, of one of the most significant collectors in modern art history: Peggy’s Museum, is situated on Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal, Venice. 

It is a beautiful and personal space that speaks of Peggy's love of the very best of the contemporary art world. It’s modern palazzo interiors are exquisitely finished in marbles, and complimented by timeless pieces of furniture.

Located on Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Grand Canal, Venice, it is one of the most renowned museum collections of modern twentieth century art in the world, a cynosure for art lovers.

Peggy Guggenheim (b New York, 1898- d Venice,1979) belonged to a famous family. She was the niece of Solomon R Guggenheim, founder of the Guggenheim Foundation, with its several significant museums in the world.  Peggy’s father, died in the Titanic.  I was privileged to visit Guggenheim Foundation’s museum in Bilbao last year- a stunning, curvaceous, titanium clad building, designed by ‘starchitect’, Frank Gehry.

 Alexander Calder's striking Artwork mobile in the entranceway

Alexander Calder's striking Artwork mobile in the entranceway

Peggy’s Venetian collection encompasses masterpieces from most of the significant Modern art movements, such as Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, European Abstraction, collected over a period of eight years. I recognized many works that I studied in my twenties, as well as the work of some of 20th century’s greatest sculptors. Peggy Guggenheim donated her home and her collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, in 1976 shortly before her death. 

 Peggy’s ashes are buried in her garden overlooking the Canal, along with her fourteen animals: her spirit lives on in this house.

Peggy’s ashes are buried in her garden overlooking the Canal, along with her fourteen animals: her spirit lives on in this house.

Although Peggy was a wealthy and eccentric art lover, she used her wealth wisely.  A visionary “art collector, she believed that some works are worth keeping safe in the collective cultural memory, protecting them against obscurity, as if it were a noble cause." ( The Priceless Peggy Guggenheim ) Original furnishings and artworks are there including the white leather couches and dining setting, her jewellery collection and Calder’s sculptured silver bedhead pieces. There was also curated artwork of Jackson Pollock complimenting a lesser known work of his brother, Charles Pollock.

I loved how each room was curated, with images of her interiors as she lived in them, on each of the room’s walls:

 Peggy in her dining room

Peggy in her dining room

 Catherine in Peggy's dining room

Catherine in Peggy's dining room

 Peggy in her lounge room

Peggy in her lounge room

 Catherine in Peggy's loungeroom

Catherine in Peggy's loungeroom

‘Peggy Guggenheim Collection’, in Venice, 
is a lasting and visionary legacy left for us all to enjoy. 
Saluto di Peggy!
— Catherine de Boer