Guggenheim & Palazzo Grassi

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  • Type of Tour: Private Walking Tour (Licensed Guide)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Tour highlights: Most interesting masterpieces at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (The Poet On the Beach by Picasso, the Clarinet by Braque, the Sad Young Man on a Train by Duchamp, The Red Tower by de Chirico, White Cross by Kandinsky), Seated Woman II by Miró, Magic Garden by Klee, the Kiss and the Attirement of the Bride by Ernst, the Empire of Light by Magritte, the Moon Woman by Pollock, the Arc of Petals by Calder) and at the Palazzo Grassi.
  • Pick-up/Drop-off: at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection entrance.
  • Max. Size of your Party: up to 7 participants
  • Price: 350 EUR for 2-7 people + 34.5 EUR / adult + 10.5 EUR / child, including entrance tickets
  • Cancellation: Free cancellation if we receive your notice at least 1 week before the tour date, 100% cancellation fee otherwise

In this 3-hour private guided walking tour, your English speaking licensed guide will lead you through 2 major landmarks for modern & contemporary art in Venice: the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Palazzo Grassi.

After losing her father on the Titanic, heiress Peggy Guggenheim became one of the great collectors of the 20th century. Her palatial canalside home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, showcases her stockpile of surrealist, futurist and abstract expressionist art with works by up to 200 artists, including her ex-husband Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock (among her many rumoured lovers), Picasso and Salvador Dalí. These artworks were sourced over 3 decades by Peggy according to her own convictions rather than for prestige or style, so her collection includes inspired folk art and lesser-known artists alongside Kandinsky, Man Ray, Rothko, Mondrian and Joseph Cornell. The sculpture garden – Peggy's final resting place – features works by greats like Moore, Giacometti, Brancusci and Kapoor.

A latecomer among the palaces on the Grand Canal of Venice, Palazzo Grassi has an academic classical style that is in contrast to the surrounding Byzantine Romanesque and Baroque Venetian palazzi. It has a formal palace façade, constructed of white marble, but lacks the lower mercantile openings typical of many Venetian patrician palaces. The Grassi family sold the palazzo in 1840, with ownership that followed passing through many different individuals. The Palazzo was purchased by the Fiat Group in 1983, under the late chairman Gianni Agnelli, and it underwent a complete restoration overseen by architect Gae Aulenti. Since 2006, the palace has been owned by the French entrepreneur François Pinault who exhibits his personal art collection there.

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