• Charles Pollock in Venice

    by  • April 23, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Venice

    A 365-day homage to the Pollock Brothers at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

    If you were to mention the name ‘Pollock’, it’s probably a fair assumption that most people would associate it with the famous American artist, Jackson Pollock, renowned for his work in the genre of Abstract Expressionism. And yet few are aware that Jackson’s elder brother, Charles, was also a renowned painter and opening today at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is a full retrospective to the work of Charles Pollock.

    Running through until September 14th, ‘Charles Pollock: A Retrospective’ documents the career of the artist with a wealth of works, letters, photos and sketches on loan from the Charles Pollock archives. These are complemented further by a small number of works by his brother, Jackson; Thomas Hart Benson, another American painter; and Sanford Pollock, a third Pollock brother.

    From today until November 16th, you’ll also get to see Jackson Pollock’s Mural, the largest painting created by Pollock and said to have “exerted a seismic impact on American art down to the present day”. Commissioned in 1943 by Peggy Guggenheim herself for her New York townhouse, Mural has undergone an 18-month period of conservation and cleaning and is displayed alongside another of his works, Alchemy, also recently readmitted to the Guggenheim collection after restorative works. Once the Mural: Energy Made Visible’ exhibition finishes its course in Venice, it then moves on to the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle in Berlin, continuing afterwards to the Museo Picasso in Málaga.


    Few museums can boast such a prestigious location as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, set as it is in an 18th-century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on Venice’s stunning Grand Canal. Originally the private collection of American heiress, Peggy Guggenheim, her impressive ensemble of artworks was passed to the Guggenheim Foundation in 1979 after her death. The former wife of artist, Max Ernst and niece of Soloman R. Guggenheim, Peggy Guggenheim amassed a wealth of works both in Europe and America, where she discovered the talent of Jackson Pollock.

    Today, the museum contains an impressive collection of Italian futurist art and American modernist art, with Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism also playing a prominent role. The museum is open daily (closed Tuesdays) from 10am to 6pm and entrance is 15€ (seniors 12€, under 26 years 9€, children under 10 free of charge).


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