Located in the Santa Croce sestieri and facing the Grand Canal, Ca’ Pesaro Gallery is a place you can’t miss. It is home to The International Gallery of Modern Art of Venice. It is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
The Oriental Art Museum, located on the 3d floor, has about 30,000 items from Japan, China, and Indonesia. And if you have extra time, there’s an impressive Ca’ Pesaro Library and a lovely cafe.
History of the Gallery
Ca’ Pesaro Gallery, a magnificent Baroque palace, took 58 years to complete. Built for the Pesaro family, it was the masterpiece of Baldassare Longhena. He worked on it until he died in 1682. Gian Antonio Gaspari then took over Longhena’s design, completing the structure in 1710.
In 1898, Duchess Felicita Bevilacqua La Masa donated the building to the city. She imagined the palace to exhibit the works of young Venetian artists. The Venetian Town Council decided to use the palace as home to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. The Gallery was created in 1897 by Prince Alberto Giovannelli. The Oriental Art Museum’s collection was founded with a donation by Prince Henry of Bourbon-Parma.
The Art Collection
Today, Ca’ Pesaro Gallery features a permanent exhibition of 19th and 20th-century artists. They include Klimt, Bonnard, Chagall, Matisse, Kandinsky, Klee, and many more.
The Italian artists represented here include Boccioni, De Pisis, De Chirico, and Sironi. But it’s not all paintings. The Gallery has incredible ceiling frescoes, sculptures, photographs, and even films.