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Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

By Philippa Burne, UK, June 2012

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As you head up the Grand Canal on a vaporetto, you might catch sight of a modern villa crouching between all the historic palazzo. This was the home of Peggy Guggenheim, a wealthy American art patron and collector and Venice personality until her death in 1979. She was the last person to keep a private gondola and gondolier in Venice.

After her plans to open a gallery in London and Paris were scuppered by the outbreak of the WWII, she used the money to buy art by avant-garde artists in Paris. She bought 10 Picassos, 8 Miros and 3 Dalis amongst other things, then ended up back in America where she helped the career of Jackson Pollock before returning to Europe and deciding on Venice as her new home town in 1948. She moved into the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal and added some modern Italian artists to her collection before deciding to stop buying and concentrate on exhibiting what she had. ...

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