Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, Venice

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  • In the beautiful palace, the collection of contemporary art is too fragmented, strongly focused on some artists (Medardo Rosso, Adolfo Wildt). However, many very valuable pieces
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  • Absolutely to visit. Beautiful collection in a fantastic palace, it deserves more works. The low turnout made this visit wonderful.
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  • Ca' Pesaro is located in the Holy Cross sestiere, along the Grand Canal. In the Baroque style, between the middle of the 17th and early 18th centuries, it was commissioned by the noble Pesaro family to the architect Baldassarre Longhena and, after the latter's death, to the architect Antonio Gaspari. It is spread over three floors. The ground floor, clad in diamond bugnate and decorated in the lower part of 12 masks, has in the main facade 2 portals with arches in full, along which there are in the center 2 heads of men and on the sides 4 statues of bearded and half-naked men; between the two portals there is an empty semi-circular niche, adorned with 2 shells placed one at the bottom and the other at the top: the latter has a child's head in the center; on the sides of the portal there are 8 windows that are arranged 2 to 2 on two overlapping levels: those of the first level are delimited by 2 striped and Doric columns, while those of the second are decorated by ionic capitals; on the left side of the building is repeated the same pattern and setting as the main facade, but with only 4 windows. A long frieze decorated with bas-relief can be seen between the ground floor and the first floor. The upper two floors are characterized in the main facade by 7 windows with arches in all sixth (decorated by a festoon in the center and statues of putti on the sides and supported by double striped and composite columns), interspersed with 12 striped and composite columns; in the left side of the building is repeated the same pattern and setting as the main facade, but with 2 windows and 4 columns. Under the cornice there are 16 masks (one was lost) at the columns below and 9 bas-relief festoons at the windows below. It is home to the International Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Oriental Art, but we didn't visit the interior.
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  • This museum isn't a contemporary museum, even though you would think that from Google searches, so for me it was a disappointment. But the spaces were beautiful and there was a pretty nice variety of (art) decades and a few really famous pieces. First picture shows how beautiful the roofs were.
  • The modern collection is not very varied, and lacks of truly outstanding artworks, imho it is not exactly worth the money if you buy just a single ticket to the Ca' Pesaro (but you can always buy a museum pass for Venice and go see other museums here so for the price it's still a bargain). The Oriental collection consists mostly of Japanese weaponary and antiques, of which there are a lot of, and I suppose it will please many fans of Japanese culture. I personally also expected artifacts from other Oriental, or at least East Asian lands, so I was let down a bit, but if Japanese culture is your jam, then I would suggest you pay the place a visit.
  • Fantastic collection of modern art in fabulous building. The famous Klimt is to die for. Wonderful "Neue Sachlichkeit" paintings from 1930s Italy. Also great Arshile Gorky show at the moment.
  • Verry carefully presented collection of modern art. Smaller than expected - a lot o works are not shown - the works exhibited are in the finest conditons. At our time of visit, august 2019, a big exhibition of Arshile Gorky was on. Again carefully presented. I advice any visitor to take the audioguide. The museum cafe has a terras with view on the Grande Canal. We were there a bit over two hours, including coffee and quick visit to the museum shop.
  • Nice museum with lots of art exhibits. Free WiFi and a gift shop and cafe. Right on the canal.
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