Venice is famous for its art. Art in Venice is everywhere. There are a number of art galleries, exhibitions in Venice. You can spend a whole week in Venice wandering from one art exhibit to the next. Palazzo de Grassi is an important center of art that many tourists visit. It hosts contemporary exhibits in a beautiful palace. When, I was there, the palazzo had a Jeff Koons exhibit. I saw he same exhibit a couple of months earlier at the Foundation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland during Art Basel. There are a number of museums in Venice such as the Venice Academy Gallery Museum of Art, Museum of 18th Century Venice, Correr Museum, Ca’ d’Oro , gallery that hosts Baron Georgio Franchetti’s art collection. The building of this gallery is spectacular. Also the Punta Della Dogana Museum of Contemporary Art is worth a visit. As well as the Fortuny Museum on Piazza San Marco. However my two favorite exhibits that I always visit every time I am in Venice, are the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Biennale. These are some of the best places to visit in Venice.Venice Artwork
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Peggy Guggenheim was an American heiress and her own art collection is hosted in her own house in Venice. Her museum is one of the best things to see in Venice. She was the niece of Solomon Guggenheim, who the Guggenheim Museum in New York was named after. This museums has many famous paintings of Venice. There are many Jackson Pollocks, Picassos and Dalis in the museum. It is definitely worth visiting the museum. I can only recommend it. Her mansion is spectacular and you can see some really interesting pieces of art in this beautiful house. So if you are tired of the touristy sites and you are wondering what to see in Venice, head over to see the Peggy Guggenheim collection.
The statue of Angel in the City is on the terrace of the museum facing the Grand Canal. The sculpture has a large removable phallus. The legend was that Peggy would order the phallus removed when she knew the nuns would be coming by with their gondolas. The Peggy Guggenheim is an important Venice art gallery and a must see for every art lover who visits Venice.
Biennale Venice Artwork
Another one of my favorite exhibits is the Venice Art Biennale, which is an important Venice art center. Last time I was in Venice, I visited the Biennale Architettura. It is an architecture exhibit organized every other year. It is definitely one of the best places to see in Venice. They have architecture or art every rotating every other year. Every country has a pavilion and they each set up a very cool installation. It is usually something authentic to the country. I loved this exhibit. I highly recommend it to everyone who goes to Venice. The installations are very creative and progressive. I was very happy to have found the Hungarian house. Although, my favorite installation was probably the Russian pavilion.
It was a round hut that reminded me of a space ship. At the entrance they gave everyone an iPad and inside the pavilion it was like a digital hut made out of icons. The iPad connected to the different tiles on the wall and each tile lit up as I pressed different bottoms on the iPad. It was an interesting concept. Walking around the forest going from one pavilion to the next was a great way to spend a day in Venice. Each pavilion had something surprisingly creative. There are many more Venice art museums to be visited in this beautiful city, such as the
- Gallerie dell’Accademia – An art academy that hosts art pieces that were confiscated by Napoleon from churches and guilds
- Museo Correr – Its ticket allows entrance to the Doge Palace as well. The collection is designed to illuminate the history and traditions of Venice.
- Palazzo Mocenigo – It is a 17th century palazzo. It holds old costumes of Venetian aristocratic life of the 17th and 18th century. It also has five rooms dedicated to the history and science of spices and perfume in Venice.
- Ca’ d’Oro – A beautiful 15th-century Grand Canal palazzo, Inside is the art collection of the former owner, Baron Giorgio Franchetti, its highlight Mantegna’s visionary, unfinished Saint Sebastian from 1506.
- Punta della Dogana – It is the permanent home of the François-Henri Pinault collection. Your ticket to Palazzo Grassi will also allow entrance to this museum
- Palazzo Grassi – 18th century palace on the Grand Canal housing contemporary exhibitions. Owned by François-Henri Pinault. It has hosted exhibits of Damien Hirst of Jef Koons.
Visiting art museums is definitely one of the best things to do in Venice. I can only recommend this to anyone, who visit Venice.
What’s your favorite art exhibition in Venice?
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