Peggy Guggenheim Museum-2012.07.15

Posted: July 15, 2012 in 2000s, 7.15, Architecture & Place-Making, Modern, Urban, Venice
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The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. The museum was originally the private collection of the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim, who began displaying the artworks to the public seasonally in 1951. After her death in 1979. it passed to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which eventually opened the collection year-round. The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th century palace, which was Guggenheim’s home.

The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which Peggy Guggenheim purchased in 1949.

After the Foundation took control of the building in 1979, it took steps to expand gallery space; by 1985, “all of the rooms on the main floor had been converted into galleries … the white Istrian stone facade and the unique canal terrace had been restored” and a protruding arcade wing, called the barchessa, had been rebuilt by architect Giorgio Bellavitis. Since 1985, the museum has been open year-round. In 1993, apartments adjacent to the museum were converted to a garden annex, a shop and more galleries.In 1995, the Nasher Sculpture Garden was completed, additional exhibition rooms were added, and a café was opened. A few years later, in 1999 and in 2000, the two neighboring properties were acquired.In 2003, a new entrance and booking office opened to cope with the increasing number of visitors, which reached 350,000 in 2007.Since 1993, the museum has doubled in size, from 2,000 to 4,000 square meters.

Since 1985, the United States has selected the foundation to operate the U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, an exhibition held every other summer. In 1986, the foundation purchased the Palladian-style pavilion, built in 1930.

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