Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Night at Peggy's House

We found this event on the Peggy Guggenheim website and since a visit here to see her fabulous collection of early 20th century art was on our 'to do' list, we thought this might be a fun way to kick off our visit in Venice. The evening was sponsored by the folks who make Aperol, Greg's new favorite aperitif. For an admission price of 12 euros, we received two Aperol spritz aperitifs, sandwiches, 2 hours of live jazz and access to Peggy's collection. Not a bad deal when you consider a daytime admission ticket costs 14 euros.

It was definitely a young crowd. Most guests looked to be well under 30 years old.  The special admission price for those holding a Young Venice pass (under 29 years) was only 5 euros, making it a very popular venue.There were a few oldies like us, tho, so we didn't feel too out of place! We nibbled on sandwiches and drank our aperitifs while listening to the great jazz combo in the garden. Afterwards, we wandered through the collection which focuses on artists from the early 20th century. Picasso, Calder, Man Ray, Dali, Chagall and many others were represented. I especially liked this Picasso in the entry. And I love Calder mobiles.

The featured artist was Jackson Pollock. Photos were not allowed in his room which is really okay since I don't much like his work. I concentrated on Picasso instead. I did learn, however, that Pollock is from Iowa. Who would have guessed?

The special Aperol evenings are finished for the year. If you see them on next year's event list, it's a good idea to book your ticket online...saves standing in line with the 'kids' and gets you in sooner.
We voted the event a great way to end our first day in Venice. Even it you don't like modern art, the aperitifs, sandwiches and jazz are worth the price of admission. And you get to mingle with a crowd of vibrant young people!

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