The immensely wealthy Doge Giovanni Pesaro had committed his family in a will to finish building the palace that Baldassare Longhena had begun. 12,000 ducats were made available for this project . The massive structure is located at a point where the Pesaro family owned three houses. After the Doge's death in 1659, the design of his tomb in the Frari Church had priority for ten years, and only his nephew, the procurator Leonardo Pesaro, managed to get Longhena back to work on the palace. The facade was started in 1673 and the piano nobile with the state rooms began in 1676 . Longhena died in 1682 and the building was completed by his student Antonio Gaspari in 1710, following the original plans.
The palace then passed into the possession of the Gradenico family, then to that of the Mechitarists . Eventually the building was bought by the Bevilacqua family. Felicita Bevilacqua bequeathed the palace to the municipality of Venice in 1899 with the stipulation that there be work and exhibition facilities for young avant-garde artists . The museum was opened on May 18, 1902 by the municipality of Venezia.
The marble palace protrudes a little into the Grand Canal. What is remarkable is the valuable, curved side facade facing the Rio delle Du Torri. The traditional vertical tripartite division of older palaces can hardly be seen on the facade, which is structured by columns . The facade is adorned with rich decorations such as reliefs and grotesque masks. It gives an idea of the splendid interior, of which almost nothing is left today. Frescoes by Giovanni Battista Pittoni (including La Giustizia e la pace con Giove e Minerva and Giove protegge la Giustizia, La pace e la scienza ) and by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo have survived .
The Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna (German: International Gallery for Modern Art) in Palazzo Ca 'Pesaro is located on the first floor, the Piano Nobile. There you can find works by Gustav Klimt , Pierre Bonnard , Marc Chagall , Wassily Kandinsky , Paul Klee , Georges Rouault , Henri Matisse , Henry Moore , Giorgio Morandi , Di Chirico and Umberto Boccioni . There are graphics and sculptures shown on the Biennale have won awards and have been purchased by the city.
Another museum is housed on the second floor, the Museo d'Arte Orientale (German: Museum of Oriental Art). It is home to around 30,000 objects from Japan (armory, Inrō , Netsuke , works by Koryūsai , Harunobu , Hokusai etc.), China and Indonesia . The collection was put together by Prince Heinrich von Bourbon-Parma during a stay in Asia and passed into the possession of the Italian state at the end of the 19th century.
The Ca 'Pesaro library opened in 2002.
- Hermann E. Mark: History and Stories of the Canal Grande. An illustrated guide to politics and art history, geography and adventure along the Grand Canal. Ibera, Vienna 2002, ISBN 3-85052-116-8 , p. 143 ff.
- Alvise Zorzi: Grand Canal. Biography of a waterway . Claassen, Hildesheim 1993, ISBN 3-546-00057-9 , p. 170 ff.
- Website of the Museo D'Arte Orientale in the Ca 'Pesaro (Italian)
- Website of the International Gallery of Modern Art in Ca 'Pesaro (English)
- Information about Ca 'Pesaro at www.venediginformationen.eu