Visiting the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice was one of the highlights of the holiday. There was a wonderful display of modern art, much of it from the big guns such as Kandinsky, Mondrian, Picasso et al. There was also a special exhibition of paintings by Jackson Pollock and his brother Charles. This was a revelation to me – it certainly wasn’t solely spots and splats; the collection of their pictures displays a far wider (and maybe more accessible) talent than we generally see in popular art books.
The museum itself is set in a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright building on the edge of the Grand Canal, and has carefully tended, tranquil gardens populated with sculpture. One of our friends chose to draw one of these exhibits, and while he did this, I made a funsize (3x3in) sketch of him to record the moment for posterity. It’s a good job that I was quick, as I’d sat on a very nice marble bench, which I embarrassed to be told was actually an exhibit…oops.