In spring 2023 Ca' Pesaro celebrates the arrival of the donation from Gemma De Angelis Testa, the most recent acquisition for the Gallery's collections and, in terms of extension and quality of the works, the most important since the Lisi Usigli bequest in 1961. Born from the collecting passion of Gemma De Angelis Testa, the collection presents works by the protagonists of the international contemporary art scene. There are one hundred and five works that complete and integrate the Ca' Pesaro collections for art after 1950, testifying to the passion of the collector who acquired them over time and selected them for the exceptional donation to the Municipality of Venice.
The collection includes masterpieces by Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly alongside the Masters of Arte Povera Mario Merz, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Gilberto Zorio. The journey through the art of the second half of the twentieth century is articulated with fundamental works by Anselm Kiefer and with iconic works by Gino De Dominicis, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Mario Schifano and more sculptures by Tony Cragg and Ettore Spalletti. The other half of the avant-garde is well represented in the collection, with the visions of Marina Abramović, Vanessa Beecroft, Candida Höfer, Mariko Mori, Shirin Neshat, among others. The choices and paths of the collector's taste start from the middle of the last century and develop a continuous dialogue with the production of Armando Testa. A precious nucleus of the donation consists of seventeen masterpieces of the creative genius, with famous works from the 1950s onwards, which retrace his imaginative universe.
The collection brings together different authors of international art, with the photographs of Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth, the works of John Currin, Thomas Demand, Anish Kapoor and Marlene Dumas, the canvases of David Salle and Julian Schnabel in continuous reference to the creations of Tony Oursler, Gabriel Orozco, Kcho. The collecting taste is also expressed in the important presences of Sabrina Mezzaqui, Paola Pivi, Marinella Senatore, while the international dimension of the collection is articulated in time and space with works by Kendell Geers, Yang Fudong, Subodh Gupta, Chantal Joffe, Brad Kahlhamer, Lari Pittman. The works embrace different techniques, cultures and geographies, all central to the contemporary world, from William Kentridge to Chris Ofili, from Adrian Paci to Do-Ho Suh, from Chen Zhen to Francesco Vezzoli, Bill Viola and Ai Weiwei, from Piotr Uklański to Trisha Baga and Pascale Marthine Tayou, and many others.