Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701

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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. The museum was inaugurated in 1980 and it presents Peggy Guggenheim's personal collection of 20th century art, masterpieces from the Gianni Mattioli Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, as well as temporary exhibitions.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is owned and operated by the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation, which also operates the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, and the Guggenheim-Hermitage, Las Vegas.

Permanent Collection

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century.

Permanent Collection
The collection includes masterpieces of Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European and Russian Abstraction, Surrealism, and American Abstract Expressionism. Among the artists represented are Picasso (The Poet, On the Beach), Braque, Duchamp (Sad Young Man on a Train), Léger, Brancusi (Bird in Space), Severini, Balla, Delaunay, Kupka, Picabia (Very Rare Picture on the Earth), Mondrian, Kandinsky (Landscape with Red Spots No.2), Arp, Miró (Seated Woman II), Giacometti (Walking Woman), Klee (Magic Garden), Ernst, Magritte (Empire of Light), Dalí, Pollock (Moon Woman, Alchemy), Rothko, Calder, Moore, and Marini.

Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden
The sculpture garden presents works loaned by the Raymond D. and Patsy R. Nasher Sculpture Collection, Dallas, as well as sculptures from Peggy Guggenheim’s collection, and includes sculptures by Ernst, Giacometti, Moore, Arp, Richier, Caro, Merz, Duchamp-Villon, Minguzzi, Gilardi, and Takis.

Gianni Mattioli Collection
Since September 1997 the museum is exhibiting masterpieces on long-term loan from the Gianni Mattioli Collection, including legendary images of Italian Futurism such as Boccioni’s Materia and Dynamism of a Cyclist, Carrà’s Interventionist Demonstration, Russolo’s The Solidity of Fog, and other works by Balla, Severini (Blue Dancer), Sironi, Soffici, Rosai, Depero, Morandi and Modigliani. [ Read all ]


FEBRUARY 17 - MAY 20, 2007

The first European retrospective exhibition of paintings on canvas by Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992), youngest of the generation of the American Abstract Expressionists, and one of America's most important artists of the second half of the 20th century.

Richard Pousette-Dart made essential contributions to the Abstract Expressionist movement: by 1941 he was painting muralscale canvases, was using Native American and classical myth as his subject matter, and painting with an energy prophetic of 'action painting.' In the tradition of American Transcendentalism, he believed that the materials and abstract symbols of painting could reveal universal truths and the realm of the spirit.

Organized in collaboration with the Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart, New York, and the American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich.

The exhibition is made possible by: Intrapresæ Collezione Guggenheim; Regione del Veneto; Banca del Gottardo; Tratto. Servizi per l'arte.

Previous Exhibitions

28 OCTOBER 2006 – 5 FEBRUARY 2007

GERMAINE RICHIER is the first retrospective dedicated to the French sculptor in Italy and marks the return of the artist to the limelight as one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century.

Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, it is the first comprehensive showing of Richier’s work in Italy, and the first large-scale exhibition anywhere since the 1996 retrospective at the Fondation Maeght. Originated by the presence of an important work by Richier, Tauromachy (1953), in the collection of Peggy Guggenheim, the exhibition presents a selection of almost 70 works, including bronze sculptures, small casts, lithographs and drawings.

The show, which extends from the temporary exhibition galleries to the garden, is made possible by the collaboration with the Archives Françoise Guiter in Paris. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, with essays by the Archives Françoise Guiter, Luca Massimo Barbero, and Giorgio Mastinu, which devotes particular attention to the iconographic repertoire of Germain Richier, including photographic prints of the works that Germaine Richier commissioned from Brassaï. The programs of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are supported by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board, Institutional Patrons and Intrapresæ Collezione Guggenheim.

Forthcoming exhibitions

6 June – 2 September 2007
All in the Present Must Be Transformed: Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys’ will examine key affinities between the two artists, who, though separated by generation and geography, share many aesthetic and conceptual concerns. The exhibition will focus on their metaphoric use of materials, their interest in metamorphosis, their employment of narrative structures, and the relationship between action and documentation in their work. The show's contents will be drawn largely from the Guggenheim Museum's permanent collection and will pair a selection of drawings and vitrines and sculptures by both artists. The presentation will also examine the performative side of their practices, demonstrating the way both have theatricalized their sculptural production. Curated by Nancy Spector, the exhibition will premiere at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin before traveling to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice during the 2007 Venice Biennale.

Rosso. The Protean Form: MEDARDO ROSSO
22 September 2007 – 6 January 2008
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is organizing an exhibition of sculpture by Medardo Rosso (1858-1928). Paola Mola and Fabio Vittucci will curate the exhibition in collaboration with the Rosso Museum in Barzio (Como), where the artist's estate and archive has been preserved by three generations of his descendants, and currently by his great-granddaughter Danila Marsure Rosso. The exhibition will reassess Rosso's work in its multifaceted complexity, proposing Medardo Rosso as a precursor of the avant-garde rather a Symbolist emerging from the Scapigliata cultu...+ [ Read all ]


Adults: € 10
Senior visitors over 65 yrs.: € 8
Students under 26 yrs.: € 5 (with current student ID)
Children under 10 yrs.: free

Free Admission

Children under 10 yrs.
Visitors with disabilites, escort included
members of the GUGGENHEIM CIRCLE, AMICI della Collezione Guggenheim, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS
All Guggenheim Museums members (with a current membership card)
Guggenheim Foundation GLOBAL PARTNERS staff
INTRAPRESAE COLLEZIONE GUGGENHEIM staff (and their families) with a corporate badge or business card
Holders of a current ART PASS card
Members of ICOM, AAMD (with current membership card)
Journalists with a press card
Military and city police officers (in uniform or with an identification document)
Students of the ACCADEMIA DELLE BELLE ARTI DI VENEZIA (with current student ID)
Members of the ASSOCIAZIONE GUIDE TURISTICHE DI VENEZIA (with Comune di Venezia ID)
Members of the Association of hotel porters of Venice CHIAVI D'ORO
Members of the following museums:
Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato
Civiche Gallerie d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Ferrara
Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea di Trento
Galleria d'arte Moderna di Bologna
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli
Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Museum Der Moderne
Accademia di Carrara
Fondazione Merz
Discounted admission 8€

Senior visitors over 65 yrs.
Discounted admission 5€

Young visitors from 11 to 18 yrs. inclusive
Students unders 26 yrs. (with current student ID)
School groups
Members of UNESCO, IAA, AIAP (with current ID)
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Opening hours

Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Closed on Tuesdays and December 25

Getting there

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is located on the Grand Canal between the Accademia Bridge and the Church of Santa Maria della Salute
From Piazzale Roma or Ferrovia:
vaporetto no. 82, direction Lido, Accademia stop
vaporetto no. 1, direction Lido, Accademia or Salute stops
From Piazza San Marco:
vaporetto no. 82, direction P. Roma, Accademia stop
vaporetto no. 1, direction P. Roma, Salute or Accademia stops


Visitors with disabilities
The various historical buildings are only partially equipped. Entrance to the museum is facilitated by a wheelchair lift. A wheelchair is available at the museum entrance. Museum staff is available for assistance. There is no admission charge, escorts included
For further information:
tel: +39.041.2405.440/419
fax: +39.041.520.9083

Guided tours
Advance booking is required for tours of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Gianni Mattioli Collection in English, Italian and other languages, based upon the availability of museum guides. Tours last approximately one hour and cost € 60
For further information and booking:
tel: +39.041.2405.440/419/401
fax: fax: +39.041.520.9083

A personalized tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Gianni Mattioli Collection is provided by Acoustiguide in English, German, French, and Spanish. Audioguides are available at the museum entrance: € 5

Presentations to the public
Daily at midday and 4 pm ten minute presentations are offered to the public on the life of Peggy Gugenheim and the making of her collection
Daily at 11 am and 5 pm ten minute presentations are offered to the public on a work of art of the collection

Museum Shop
There are two Museum Shops, one is located inside the museum, and one a few paces before the museum entrance, at no. 704 Dorsoduro. They both carry items inspired by and dedicated to Peggy Guggenheim and her collection, including materials of 20th century art such as catalogues, books, posters, cards, jewelry, etc.
Opening hours:
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News and events

The first European retrospective exhibition of paintings on canvas by RICHARD POUSETTE-DART (1916–1992) is now open to the public (February 17 – May 20, 2007). Saturday, February 17, 6.15pm: exhbition tour with Philip Rylands for museum members (advanced booking required).

The exhibition Peggy Guggenheim, un amore per la scultura will open in Verona, at the Fondazione Cariverona, on February 24. The exhibition is part of the educational project Arte e Formazione in Forndazione Cariverona jointly managed by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Fondazione Cariverona.

Fondazione Cariverona, Via Forti 3A, Verona
February 24 – April 17, 2007
Daily 9am – 6pm, free entrance

The Kids’ Day February and March activities are organized with the support of 3M Post-It® and Eudoku™.


The museum offers an internship program for university students worldwide who study art, art history or related areas and intend to gain practical experience of museology and familiarity with an important collection of modern art. The program offers the opportunity to live in a creative international atmosphere and to be acquainted with the life and culture of Venice. The program for non-Italian citizens and the one for Italian citizens are separate.

To NON-ITALIAN CITIZENS the museum offers internships of minimum one month and maximum three months.


Advance booking is required for all groups exceeding 15 visitors. School groups require one accompanying adult each 15 students. Guided tours are available upon request.
For further information and booking:
tel: +39.041.2405.440/419/411
fax: fax: +39.041.520.9083


School groups visists are by appointment only and restricted to a maximum of 15 participants due to the limited space in the museum galleries. Larger groups must split into smaller groups of 15 students or less.
Guided tours are offered in several languages based on availability and with advance booking. Guided tours last approximately an hour and a half, and include the permanent collection and the Gianni Mattioli Collection. The cost of a guided tour is €60 per group. Ticket prices are as usual (one free entrance for every 15 people).
For information and bookings, please contact:
tel: +39.041.2405.440/419/411


Families and children
KIDS’ DAY is an educational program designed to introduce children between 4 and 12 years of age to modern and contemporary art and to make their visit to the museum more comprehensible. It occurs every Sunday (3.00–4.30 pm) at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. During the workshop the children have the chance to create artworks inspired by the works on display in the museum and temporary exhibitions.


Kids’ Day is an educational program designed to introduce children between 4 and 12 years of age to modern and contemporary art and to make their visit to the museum more comprehensible. Kids Day occurs every SUNDAY from 3.00 to 4.30 pm at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

The program begins with a brief tour of the museum centred on the theme of the day, introducing children to ideas and concepts presented in museum and focusing on an artistic movement, a technique, a particular artist, etc. Afterwards, the children participate in a workshop to have the opportunity to put into practice what they saw during the tour.

The program is primarily conducted in Italian, but the numerous foreign interns at the museum make the activities often available in other languages. The workshops are generally held in the museum library, in the Nasher Sculpture Garden or in the temporary exhibition galleries.

The main aim of the program is to assist our youngest visitors to understand the artworks in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection by using simple concepts from everyday life and allowing them direct contact with the artworks. The approach attempts to make the abstract or complex concepts more comprehensible. It also intends to involve children in examining the works of the museum through fun activities that stimulate their creativity. The educational workshops not only allow children to view artworks in ways that are suited to their needs and attention span, but they allow the parents to enjoy their visit to the museum while their children are engaged in the workshops.

For information and bookings, please contact:
Elena Minarelli
Officer for Education
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This educational project is organized for all schools in the Veneto Region and made possible through the collaboration of three institutions: the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Regione del Veneto, and SSIS (the Institute for the sepcialization of school teachers).

The project aims to involve students and teachers in interdisciplinary tours of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection that contextualize artworks in the historical, literary, scientific, and philosophical settings inherent to modern or contemporary culture.

Special attention is given to schools with no art courses in their curricula, by giving students an opportunity to examine modern artistic culture and historic heritage and their relations to their course of studies.

The project is comprised of different parts: first, teachers are provided with advance informative packages; then, students participate in multidisciplinary projects; and lastly, teachers and students are invited to the museum for tours and workshops.

The project was created by Elena Ciresola, who manages it in collaboraiton with Elena Minarelli, Shana Forlani, Benedetta Altichieri and Gianni Zelano. Curatorial supervision is offered by Luca Massimo Barbero, Associate Curator at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

In 2006, the roject has been extended to two further locations in the Veneto Region: the C4 roject at Villa Caldogno, near Vicenza (, and the Arte e Formazione Docenti project with the support of the Fondazione Cariverona in Verona ( [ Read all ]


Join the membership of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and actively support the life of the museum. You are invite to participate in Peggy’s immense gift to us of her collection, and all that goes on around it: temporary exhibitions, meetings, events, and educational activities for our younger visitors. Your generosity will be rewarded with invitations to openings, art lectures, and guided viewings of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
You will receive free admission to all the Guggenheim museums for the whole year, discounts in Guggenheim shops and cafés, and the half-yearly membership newsletter.
Your support is more important than ever, and all our donors and members deserve our esteem, gratitude and devotion for the faith they so enthusiastically place in us.

For further information:
tel: +39.041.2405.412
fax: +39.041.520.6885


The exhibitions of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are made possible by vital financial support from corporations that choose culture as a communications strategy.
In addition to our Insitutional Patrons and the Intrapresae Collezione Guggenheim, we are ready to work with companies and institutions on benefits and communications for the sponsorship of individual exhibitions and other projects.

Venue hire

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection opens its premises to high-profile galas, business events and private visits, when the masterworks of the museum can be enjoyed in an exclusive environment.

Over the years, the museum has hosted numerous events organized in collaboration with important non-profit foundations, museums, companies or cultural institutions, and has thus provided an opportunity to a greater understanding of modern art.

The museum signature spaces are:
The Marino Marini Terrace
capacity: 50 reception
use: welcome drink and/or cocktail

The Sculpture Garden
capacity: 250 reception, up to 200 seated
use: reception, dinner, buffet dinner, conference or book launch, press conference

The Roof Terrace
capacity: 200 reception, up to 150 seated
use: gala dinner, buffet dinner, reception

For further information and fees please contact:
Chiara Arceci
Special Events Coordinator
tel: +39.041.2405.418
fax: +39.041.520.6885