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
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
Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Santa Croce 2076