The Sonnabend Collection at Ca’ Pesaro
If you are visiting Venice you cannot help but soak up the atmosphere of ancient culture and the history of the city. However, if you are getting a little bored of the biblical scenes and Renaissance art then try something more up to date in the Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art.
As you wander around the main floor of the gallery you may notice the odd pairing of mid 20th century Pop Art with the glorious painted ceilings and baroque architecture of the building itself.
Even if you are not a big fan of modern art there will be plenty that you may recognise such as Roy Lichtenstein’s “Little Aloha”, Jasper Johns’ “Figure 8”, and “Balcony” by James Rosenquist. There will also be a clutch of works by that most iconic of Pop Artists Andy Warhol, including “Nine Jackies” (1964), “Triple Rauschenberg” and “Campbell’s Soup Can (Turkey Noodle)”.
Ileana Sonnabend was one of the instrumental collectors of the 60’s who helped bring modern art to the fore and introduced the concept of Pop Art from America to Europe. Her legacy of showing the world new artists carries on in this collection.
The gallery is a little off the beaten Venice track as it is right on the Northern loop of the Grand Canal. If you have a VeniceCard entrance is free, and don’t forget to take in the view from the little cafe that is right on the banks of the Grand Canal while you sup your freshly brewed coffee and tuck into a sweet Italian cake.
This is a great way to spend a dry couple of hours if the weather is not up to par in March but note the gallery is closed on Mondays.