An exciting dose of modern art in the historic city of Venice.
The Peggy Guggenheim modern art gallery in Venice is a diamond nestled in one corner of a completely jewel encrusted city. It's also a perfect antidote if you're feeling a little tired of the gothic churches and renaissance frescoes that Italy as a whole seems to have in abundance.
This gallery contains some absolute treasures of modern art. There is Severini's Blue Dancer, Max Ernst's Dressing the Bride, Jackson Pollock's Moon Woman and Salvador Dali's Birth of Liquid Desires. The actual building itself is gorgeous, with a garden containing sculptures by the likes of Henry Moore and Marino Marini on one side, and an exquisite view of Venice and the Grand Canal on the other.
It was the residence of the late Peggy Guggenheim, modern art collector extraordinaire and niece of the famous Solomon R. Guggenheim, founder of the New York museum and the family foundation. She had zany but wonderful taste, as you can see from the photographs of her house interior as it used to be, interspersed between the paintings.
If you can take just a couple of hours out of your time in Venice and pull yourself away from the gondola trips and the mask shops to pay a visit to this museum, it will certainly be more than worth your while.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venice