On Friday, we toured the famous Peggy Guggenheim art museum. It also gave us an opportunity to visit a palazzo on the Grand Canal, although this one was quite different from the ornate Middle Ages buildings that front the canal.
We have seen photos of the museum and former home of Guggenheim, and had always assumed she built it as a very contemporary home in the midst of all the antiquity. But the home actually is an 18th century palace that was designed by an architect well ahead of his times (if you like contemporary).
The museum featured a special Jackson Pollock collection with photographs forbidden (although we got one above bottom middle). Guggenheim, whose famous uncle Solomon (who created a museum in New York) went down with the Titanic, was married to two artists, the last Max Ernst. There were Ernst paintings, Calder mobiles, Picassos, and Dalis among others in her collection. There were even a couple pieces of furniture from her days living there.
The collection is said to be one of the most important collections of European and American art in the world from the first half of the 20th century.