The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is an important reference point for European and American art of the first half of the twentieth century. It can be found in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, in what was once the home of Peggy Guggenheim.
The museum opened in 1951 and houses Peggy Guggenheim's personal collection of twentieth century art, as well as works from other collections and temporary exhibitions: here you can admire, among others, works by Pollock, Magritte, Picasso and Kandinsky.
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is also called 'the unfinished palazzo'. It is said that the powerful Corner family, who lived in the building across the canal, had objected to the construction of a building that would surpass the greatness and magnificence of their own. It is likely that the unusual name comes from the Istrian stone lion heads that decorate the facade at water level.
To date, the museum is one of the most famous in the city not only for the quality of its artwork, but also for its series of educational initiatives for children and for summer events organised in the courtyard.