Modern Art and Pigeons

Trip Start Aug 29, 2010
Trip End Oct 04, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Friday, September 17, 2010

We had another late start today with us just getting out of bed just before 10am. It took us a bit longer to get to the Peggy Guggenheim than we expected but that gave us a nice walk through the Castello sestier. We all ended up getting the audio guide at the museum since it was mostly modern art from the 20th century and it was a bit too abstract for us to understand without a guide. Peggy Guggenheim was an avid art lover and collector, and strove to support the artists of her time by buying their work and creating public exhibitions for them. She was also one of the first collectors to bring famous American artists, like Pollock and Rothko, to Europe.
The collection was quite impressive with works from Bocciano, Picasso, Ernst, Tanguy, Brancusi, Kandinsky, Pollock, Magritte, Mondrian, Calder, Chagall, and many many more prominent modern artists. There were almost ten works from Umberto Bocciano, including one of his most famous- Continuity of Form in Space. There were also several impressive Futurist paintings of his. Our favorite was Materia, a sort of dark portrait of his mother. Barry loved the two Kandinsky works and wants to buy another print for our apartment. There were several pieces from Max Ernst as well, who was actually married to Peggy for a time. One creepy Surrealist painting, which included an abstract version of Peggy, sent a rather strong message about what he potentially thought about her. I definitely really enjoyed this museum because we got to see several famous modern works and countless lesser known ones that are just as important. We snuck a few pictures in too before we got reprimanded by some undercover museum security.
We grabbed some yummy Italian pizza for lunch by the Grand Canal and watched the pigeons walk under our table. Then we walked around the Dorsodura sestier for a bit before heading back to Piazza San Marco for some pigeon feeding. We grabbed a huge pistachio cookie to try and to feed the pigeons with. I was very excited because I had heard that it was like a sea of pigeons in the square and it was a great sight to see. However, there was only like a hundred so I was a little disappointed. But once I started feeding them, it was a bit more fun. I didn't want any of them touching me so we just threw the crumbs on the ground and let them swarm around us. Barry even got hit by one excited pigeon! I also tried running through a big group of them but too many people were feeding them so the pigeons didn't really want to fly away, boo.
It started looking pretty stormy so we decided to go back to our hotel and chill a bit. On the way there, we found a wine store that filled up water bottles with wine for super cheap. We got 1.5 liters of white wine for just €3!! Insane! Now we're planning on drinking cheap wine, eating delicious Dutch cheese and bread, and relaxing in our hotel. Maybe we'll eat dinner sometime...
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John on

Glad you are enjoying yourselves! Venice is something Janet & I remember fondly!

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