Big is not necessarily better,
but when great artists go big,
it can be great.
Jackson Pollock. Mural. 1943. Created for Peggy Guggenheim. University of Iowa Museum of Art. On show Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice April 23 – November 16, 2015. 20’ x 8’.
Tintoretto “Il Paradiso” 1577. Palazzo Ducale, Venice. 74’ x 30’
How big is big?
The Oasis amongst the Islands
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection has over the years become one of the main attractions of Venice. With 400,000 visitors a year, it is only rivalled by the Doge’s palace in visitor numbers. It is certainly the most visited art gallery in Venice and the 11th most visited in Italy, which goes some way to explain the 2800 positive reviews on TripAdvisor that commends everything from the friendly staff to the quality of art. (http://www.xamou-art.co.uk/peggy-guggenheim-collection-venice/)
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is like an oasis on the island of Venice.
Here the native language is English, and English speakers wander about relaxed in the knowledge that no one will talk to them in Italian. Even the signs are in English.
The Guggenheim is a totally unique experience and in some ways sits apart from Venice.
Because of this unique experience, a visit to the Guggenheim should not be missed.
I specifically went to the Guggenheim to see the painting “Mural” which was featured in the exhibition “Jackson Pollock’s Mural: Energy Made Visible”.
This is an amazing painting. It represents a transition point for Pollock from figure to abstract. (Later in his life, both he and de Kooning would return to figurative work).
I had to be amused at myself for travelling to Venice to see a painting which, if I had done some research, I could have seen 8 years earlier on a work trip to Iowa. It belongs to the University of Iowa Art Museum.