I remember some years ago that I’ve visited Venice I was impressed among others (of course I won’t talk about the obvious!) by the Peggy Guggenheim museum. That was because I love modern art and there I found a lot of my favorite painting pieces but mostly because all the building had a memorable tranquility! You know the feeling that you walk all day in a touristic place, noise and fuzz and fatigue…then suddenly you get into a museum and it feels like a temple! Of course that’s common in museums but Peggy Guggenheim’s had something more I think. It was the beautiful garden, the art, I don’t know…And have in mind that I visited the exhibition with a group of children! Even I wonder how the hell I remember it like something calm!
Anyway, I saw recently that the museum’s cafe has been renovated and I may say that it couldn’t be more suitable for the occasion. I totally love the mosaic floor! In combination with the metal frames of the greenhouse that lets all the natural light in. This light is also highlighted by the total white furniture and the black&white photography that let the eye wander in the nature. Also, after a walk through the colorful exhibition you want something that will help you keep the impression of art as long as possible.
Copying some extracts from yatzer:
Peggy Guggenheim (1898 – 1979) was both a virtuoso art collector and champion for the betterment of 20th century art. Part of the Guggenheim dynasty (her uncle Solomon established The Guggenheim museum in New York City), Peggy Guggenheim was a New York native, whose dedication to and advancement of 20th century art was a vocation that lasted throughout her life. She spent a number of years in Europe and it was here that her art career began in earnest. Fleeing Nazi occupation in 1941, she continued with her profession in New York, acquiring artworks for her collection and opening the museum/gallery, Art of This Century.
Upon returning to Europe in 1947, she exhibited her collection (including works by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko) at the 1948 Venice Biennale. Shortly after, she bought the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on Venice’s Grand Canal which became a home to both Peggy and her collection which she opened yearly to the public, during the summer months. Peggy went on to bequeath both the Palazzo and her artworks to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. In the years following her death, the Guggenheim Foundation transformed the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, into a modern art museum of international repute. Commissioned to renovate the Peggy Guggenheim Café, Hangar Design Group, a creative bureau based in Italy, at first needed to consider and alter the visitor’s route through the museum, to the café. It was important that this layout be logical, fluid and mindful of the building’s purpose. The café itself is located on a veranda that overlooks a lush green central interior garden. Hanger Design Group worked to zone the café, defining areas commensurate with their intended function. For example, a quick lunch can be enjoyed at a long counter that faces the garden, whereas a relaxing break can be had in a more intimate tearoom. A large white portal also acts as a passage from the café to the exhibition spaces.
The interior architecture of the 18th century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is a handsome backdrop for the café’s contemporary design aesthetic where white walls, with travertine marble and Istrian stone inserts, and an abundance of natural light, lend to the cafe’s uncluttered design. The effect is one of interconnectedness between both the café and garden.