Peggy Guggenheim is a museum housing the art of the rebels which was quite different from the conventional art of the 20th century.
Be Inspired by the Modern Art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection
1. Admire the Modern Art Collection
The museum displays the artwork collected by Peggy Guggenheim from the year 1939 to 1948. The American heiress was quite inspired by the Italian futuristic art and the American modern art. Thus the museum is filled with such work embracing the contemporary and abstract art from artists like Pablo Picasso, Duchamp, Miró, Magritte, Ernst, Kandinsky, and Pollock.
2. Palazzo Venier dei Leoni
The building of the museum or the house of Peggy Guggenheim is an 18th-century building designed by Venetian architect Lorenzo Boschetti. It was bought by Peggy in 1949 where she lived for thirty years. The Palace is surprisingly unfinished and there are many reasons attributed to it. But it remains as beautiful as the collection it displays. Also, there is some ambiguity related to why it was named Leoni which translates to lions. It is said that the garden of the house once had a lion. The other probable reason behind the name is that the name was given due to the façade at water level which is decorated with yawning lion's heads made of Istrian stone.
3. Nasher Sculpture Garden
The final resting place of Peggy Guggenheim, the sculpture garden at the museum also known as Nasher sculpture garden contains some great works that are completely awe-inspiring. From Fritz Koenig's Chariot to Mimmo Paladino's The Cloven Viscount, there are a number of masterpieces that will completely amaze you. Stroll through the garden to find works of artists like Moore and Kapoor and click pictures of the magnificent collection. The garden also holds temporary exhibitions displaying works of some underrated artists.
4. Savor the Beauty of Grand Canal
After you have explored the prized collection of Peggy Guggenheim, head to the patio of the house to enjoy the beautiful view outside the palazzo. The serene beauty of the flowing water and the picturesque backdrop paint a beautiful picture that will remain etched in your memory for long.
How to Get Tickets?
There are entrance tickets to the museum which can be purchased at the museum's ticket office. These can be purchased online too. For an adult, the admission fee is 15€. There are discounted rates for senior visitors and students. Children below 10 years of age are allowed free admission. If you are purchasing discounted tickets online then bring an ID proof along to verify your age at the entrance.
How To Get Around?
The museum isn't big, and you can pretty much enjoy exploring its collection. Walk around to see some great specimens of modern and contemporary art. Audio guides would indeed be beneficial in understanding the collection.
What Should I Wear?
Venice has a dress code for Basilicas and churches but as such, there is no rule for visiting Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum. You can wear your comfortable casuals and enjoy the mesmerizing art collection.
Best Time to Visit
The museum is open from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening (last entry one hour before the closing time) except on Tuesdays and Christmas. You can visit it almost any day. There are no big queues or much crowd at a particular time hence you can visit the place whenever you want. Plan a visit early morning when the museum opens or late afternoon to get the best experience with the minimal crowd.
Will I Need a Guide?
You can explore the museum on your own but being an art lover is not enough for understanding the collection. It would be better to opt for a guided tour which will be quite helpful in exploring the precious collection. Also, an audio guide will efficiently serve the purpose.
How To Get There?
The museum is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest subway stations to the museum are 4, 5 and 6 on the 86th road. There are also buses that can take you to the museum. The best option would be to take a vaporetto or water bus that will drop you at the museum.
Photography without flash is only permitted inside the museum. You cannot take selfie sticks or tripods along.