IN SEARCH OF AUTHENTIC FLAVOURS

This mu­seum hub of in­ter­na­tio­nal re­pu­te is lo­ca­ted bet­ween Pa­laz­zo Gras­si and Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na, and em­bo­dies the real mea­ning of ‘con­tem­po­ra­ry art’. By Ele­na Bin­da

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A mix­tu­re of history and le­gend, all the se­cre­ts of Ve­ne­tian cui­si­ne.CAM­PO

"My grea­te­st wi­sh is that this con­tem­po­ra­ry art cen­tre, com­pri­sing Pa­laz­zo Gras­si and Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na, should al­ways re­main tru­ly con­tem­po­ra­ry. This mo­ti­va­tion is a mat­ter of great im­por­tan­ce for me, and for Venice, a ci­ty that has al­ways in­spi­red the be­st of crea­ti­vi­ty,” ex­plains 81 year-old Fren­ch en­tre­pre­neur, Fra­nçois Pi­nault. A self-ma­de ty­coon, Pi­nault is the ow­ner of the lu­xu­ry PPR group, the 34th ri­che­st man in the world and a pas­sio­na­te col­lec­tor of con­tem­po­ra­ry art.

Ten years ago, Pi­nault cho­se Venice as a cul­tu­ral hub in or­der to share his in­cre­di­ble col­lec­tion wi­th the pu­blic. His pro­ject in­clu­des a dou­ble ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ce and a thea­tre, re­mo­de­led by star­red Ja­pa­ne­se ar­chi­tect Ta­dao An­do. Inau­gu­ra­ted re­spec­ti­ve­ly in 2006 and 2009, Pa­laz­zo Gras­si and Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na are two con­tem­po­ra­ry art museums, whi­le the ‘Tea­tri­no’ is the third pha­se of An­do’s re­no­va­tion of Pa­laz­zo Gras­si. The Tea­tri­no in­clu­des a 225 seat au­di­to­rium and is used for con­fe­ren­ces, con­certs and film scree­nings. Bo­th the­se ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces we­re de­si­gned to hou­se the works of the Pi­nault col­lec­tion.

The mu­seum was con­cei­ved to in­te­ract con­ti­nuou­sly wi­th the ci­ty’s ex­traor­di­na­ry cul­tu­ral he­ri­ta­ge, the work of ar­tists and the in­ter­na­tio­nal art world. In ad­di­tion to the abo­ve, the mis­sion of Pa­laz­zo Gras­si and Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na is to ho­st works con­cei­ved espe­cial­ly for its spa­ces, and to pro­mo­te the work of young, emer­ging ta­lent. This ar­ti­stic and cul­tu­ral pro­ject laun­ched by Mon­sieur

Pi­nault al­so in­clu­des an ac­ti­ve po­li­cy in­vol­ving the loan and com­mis­sion of works that con­tri­bu­te to the dy­na­mi­sm of its of­fe­rings. >>From 9 April, for the fir­st ti­me ever, Pa­laz­zo Gras­si and Pun­ta del­la Do­ga­na will join for­ces to pre­sent a fa­sci­na­ting ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cu­sing on a sin­gle ar­ti­st.

The Da­mien Hirst Venice ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled ‘Trea­su­res from the Wreck of the Un­be­lie­va­ble’ fea­tu­res the Bri­ti­sh ar­ti­st’s la­te­st bo­dy of ne­ver-be­fo­re ex­hi­bi­ted works, a pro­ject mar­king the cul­mi­na­tion of his te­nyear re­la­tion­ship wi­th the Pi­nault Foun­da­tion.

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TEA­TRI­NO DI PA­LAZ­ZO GRAS­SI

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