Ca Maria Adele, Part 1: Introduction
She gave Robert Motherwell his first one-man show, and, that same year, he sold his first painting to a museum – none other than New York City’s prestigious MoMA. She helped introduce the world to “unknowns” such as Janet Sobel, Clyford Still, and Mark Rothko[link]. And, without her, Jackson Pollock might have been more popular as a Southern seafood dish than as the key abstract expressionist figure we all know now.
This prescient woman got many things right, and she once said this about Venice: “It is always assumed that Venice is the ideal place for a honeymoon. This is a grave error. To live in Venice or even to visit it means that you fall in love with the city itself. There is nothing left over in your heart for anyone else.”
That woman was Peggy Guggenheim, of the art world’s venerable Guggenheim family. She settled in the city she loved, there creating one of the greatest art collections, which remains to this day in the same location in Venezia, at Dorsoduro Sestiere.
However, after leaving from my latest visit to La Serenissima, I felt just a bit differently; my accommodations were to Venice what Peggy’s Venice was to the rest of the world: Ca Maria Adele seems to leave not much room in your heart for anyone else, including Venice itself, just outside.