The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Is A Must-See


The famous heiress lived in this 18th century palace, which is now a testament to her art collection.

Anyone on a boat trip along the large central canal that runs through Venice will eventually see the Peggy Guggenheim Collection – a striking white palace adorned with a green garden on top. Inside they’ll discover one of Venice’s most ornate and beautiful buildings, housing one of the world’s most impressive permanent collections of modern art. 

Guggenheim was a billionaire, socialite and art-collector who filled the space left by the sudden loss of her father – he was on board the Titanic – with an unparalleled collection of cubist, futurist and modernist artworks. 

Untitled, Tancreti Parmeggiani. Galleria Del Lione, Private Collection.


The roof garden is reason enough for a visit – not to mention a wonderful café and bookshop – but if you need another they've got an exhibition on the Italian painter Tancredi Parmeggiani coming up, My Weapon Against the Atom Bomb is a Blade of Grass. According to the notes, he was “the only artist after Jackson Pollock” that Guggenheim placed on a contract – she was convinced of his genius. Head there when it opens in November to see if you are too. 

Entrance costs €16.50 or slightly less for a concession. You’ll have to get the No. 8 vaporetto across the canal from Generator Venice to get there.