Located on the ground floor of Cà Pesaro, this recently redesigned museum was founded to hold works purchased by the city at the Biennale, but it also contains a good sample of contemporary Italian art – Giorgio Morandi, Filippo de Pisis, Manzu, and many lesser lights, interspersed by 20th-century masters
The most uncanny work in the museum is Gustav Klimt’s Salome, a Madonna/sorceress dream girl for psychoanalysts, the embodiment of Freud’s ‘Eros and Thanatos’. There are also works by Chagall, Klee, Moore and Kandinisky.
The 19th-century Italian art, from artists little known outside Italy, comes as a pleasant surprise, especially the works of sculptor Medardo Rosso of Milan, and Venetian painters Giacomo Favretto, Gugliemo Ciardi, master of luminous lagoon-scapes, and Francesco Hayez.
Image by Godromil, P-D Art