Venice and Peggy Guggenheim

Venice is doubtless one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you will never get bored of it. Every time is a new discovery, a new perspective, a new light effect on the water, a constant engagement with art history around you. I was in Venice visiting the last Biennale and I was surprised by the increasingly quality of exhibitions and collateral events offered to the art goers. Venice is the core of the contemporary creativity displaying inspirational works produced by artists from all over the world. Venice with its beautiful palaces on the canals is a timeless frame for any kind of inventiveness. I am not surprised Peggy Guggenheim felt Venice as home and the perfect setting for her amazing collection of Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. When after the war she showed her collection at the Biennale she fell in love with an unfinished Palazzo on the Canal Grande, a rather simple structure but surrounded by one of the biggest private garden you could find in Venice. Peggy spent the last thirty years of her life at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni with the company of her beloved dogs. Her house was both visited by established artists and new ones, she became the most important patron of her age very much helped by her money and the right friendships. Her best friend, lucky her, was Marcel Duchamp and he had the credit for introducing her to the art world. Peggy was a woman of great personality and loved sharing her collection with the public even before her Palazzo was transformed in one of the most charming museum in the world. Every weekend she loved opening her gates and welcoming the Venetians around