Modern and contemporary art in Venice

Itineraries

The world's first contemporary art show originated in Venice 122 years ago and remains one of the most prestigious international art exhibitions.

Biennale means new trends, experiments and a unique experience for those caught in its whirlwind in a Venice that, between inaugurations and worldly events, is once again at the center of the international art scene.

Just like Peggy Guggenheim, the American heiress, a supporter of the European avant-garde, who founded the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in a building on the Grand Canal. Visiting the museum, in the house where Peggy lived and hosted her young artist protegés, holds a special evocative power that brings back the atmosphere of the time and the vision of this patroness of the arts, a passionate protagonist of the twentieth century international cultural scene.

Another collector, François Pinault has given back to the city the old Dogana Da Mar, the Maritime Customs House, transforming it into the new pole of contemporary art. Punta Dogana, renovated by Tadao Ando, now houses the colossal collection of contemporary art of the French collector who, with the Pinault Foundation, continues to promote the exchange between the cultural heritage of the city and the international art circuit.

In Venice, the comparison between the past and the avant-gardes has always stimulated experimentation, and has made the city a fertile breeding ground of ideas – a great opportunity to discover the smaller art galleries, the exhibitions and ateliers of the young artists who keep the creative spirit alive in the city.

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