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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"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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Campo San Samuele 3231
PUNTA DELLA DOGANA
TEATRINO DI PALAZZO GRASSI
San Marco 3260 (next to Palazzo Grassi) www.palazzograssi.it