Thursday, 8 March 2018

The Sonnabend Collection at Ca' Pesaro

Climbing up to the second floor of the Ca' Pesaro museum I experienced a temporary exhibition featuring mostly American modern and contemporary art from the latter half of the 20th century taken from the very impressive Sonnabend collection.

Ileana Sonnabend (1914-2007), was an influential figure in the American art world having been married to both Leo Castelli, and Michael Sonnabend. She was renowned for discovering new artistic talent and promoting avante-garde European and American artists. The collection is interesting because it picks up where the Ca' Pesaro's collecting ended, specialising in Pop Art and Conceptualism. The Sonnabend Collection enhances the works in the permanent collection below on the first floor. Many of the greats of American art from that period are featured in a selection below. 

Roy Lichtenstein, Hot Dog, 1963

Roy Lichtenstein, Wall Explosion II, 1965

Arman, Infinity of Typewriters and Infinity of Time = Hamlet, 1962

Claes Oldenburg, Roast Beef, 1961

Christo, Empaquetage Sur Diable, 1964

Robert Rauschenberg, Interior, 1956

Robert Rauschenberg, Payload, 1962

Robert Morris, Nine Fibreglass Sleeves, 1967

John Baldessari - Everthing Is Purged From This Painting But Art, No Ideas Have Entered This Work, 1966

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1966

Jasper Johns - Figure 8, 1959

James Rosenquist - Balcony, 1961

Jeff Koons - Wild Boy & Puppy, 1988

Andy Warhol, Del Monte and Brillo Boxes, 1964

Andy Warhol, Ileana Sonnabend, 1973

Andy Warhol, Nine Jackies, 1964

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1962

Bruce Nauman, None Sing Neon Sign,

Robert Morris, Untitled, 1980

Roy Lichtenstein - Little Aloha, 1962

A.R. Penck, Verteidgung (Defence), 1982


The second floor also featured a temporary exhibition from a selection of paintings by Venetian Pop Artist Luciano Zarotti who's work looks as if it was heavily influenced by that of David Hockney.

I really enjoyed my time at the Ca' Pesaro, it was an auspicious entry into the galleries and museums of Venice.

The Sonnabend Collection
until 2nd September 2018
Ca' Pesaro
Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Canal Grande
Santa Croce 2076