Guggenheim Venice is located on beautiful Grand Canal of Venice. The low white palazzo in the middle is the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
Venice has been all about Art for us this time. Biennale and also the Peggy Guggenheim. The Guggenheim in Venice is in so much more intimate setting than one in NY. http://www.guggenheim.org/venice
Shortly after Peggy herself’s Art collection was shown for the first time at the 1948 Venice Biennale,( Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothoko and Arshile Gorky), she purchased the palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal of Venice , where she became to live for the next 30 years. And from 1951, Peggy had opened up her home to the public for every summer to show her personal Art collection. There are still her dinning table and the chairs there and also her beautiful iron bead head that was made by one of my favorite artist Calder.
This is such a humble entrance compare to her impressive and most exquisite Art collection. The Cubism, Surrealism to Abstraction Expressionism. Her amazing taste and eyes for colors, lines and the power of paintings, sculptures and her passion to discover and grow the talented artists! She was in a way “The Pimp ” and ” The Mother” of undiscovered genius Artists in that time. She would find them and encourage them and literally feed and give them places to sleep. So they could work. They could work under her commissions.
Metal sculpture and digital water fall installation greets visitors at her back garden.
Terrace out to Grand Canal. I just can imagine all those big artists like Duchamp, Pollock or Brancusi getting off the Gondolas and taking steps up to the Terrace for her most artistic parties… I see her in this most eccentric outfits with all her intellectual conversations with biggest artists of the history. Ah I so wish I was there….
Peggy taken By Man Ray, 1924
Peggy in her House then turned Museum, 1945
Peggy, Her Motto was ” Buy 1 painting a day”, What a woman!
Peggy died aged 81 in1979. Her ash is buried in a corner of the garden of Palazzo Venier, then home and now the museum converted by the Guggenheim Foundation after her death.
The museum experience was fulfilling and enlightening. It was absolutely just.. can’t find the word…!
So after the long day of walk through the Biennale, we had to have a little power nap to go on for the evening. We had planned to go to a concert , 4 seasons by Vivaldi at this old church, San Vidal. And we slept bit too much so we are rushing through the small streets along the canals up and down and we are point to breaking a sweat. We are in such a brisk walk but I have these invisible eyes wrapping around my head keep checking things out every corner of the street. And I saw it by 2 seconds passing through. After the beautiful Vivaldi, I had to stop by this shop again. Crazy. It’s strange. It’s full of these things are all out of ordinary.
This is neon lighted toilette bowl building with a court yard well with men urinating into it.
So it’s a clothing shop filled with Goth meets Hippie, Dark spirit and everything you can imagine. I see Mick Jagger buying some crazy jackets here and rock it no matter what. They are, wow, expensive. All are one of kind and hand made with patches, hand painted and all.
The best of all, their business hour.
Cathedral at Piazza st Marco.
William Forsthye, USA
Pae white, Seed covered Terracota lamps. Italy
Danielle Galliano, The Chickens, Italy
More Mixed Artists
It’s a big Art heaven and an Art festival. There are tons to look at. The Biennale runs through November and please make time and go check them out. It’s worth it.
It’s a very cool space.
Pavilion Switzerland is already quite known Modern architecture to the public. It has been used for couple of commerncial advertisement for a few modern furniture brands. The space before the installation this time would have been white marbled floor and the wall with 3 actual trees growing from indoor through the skylight roof window to the outer space. It’s quite a concept. This time the entire pavilion has been converted to a “home” that has mid century modern feel all along such as built in seating area with a ceiling fire place. (Garden)
This dead man floating outside of the mid century house was definitely a hit.
Nathalie Djuberg represents Germany. ( Garden)
Check out a footage of her films of this installation , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZaLNNYjOzk
There are 2 parts in this installation. One part is the moving short films that are made with clay characters. And the other part is the actual space filled with over sized botanical porcelain flowers to run the films. I would think the viewers experience and the total visual effect would be quire different if the films were showing in the empty minimal room with a few chairs.( like many do) This is our number 1 pick out of the entire show. The films are excellent!
Bertozzi and Casoni represents Italy. ( Arsenal)