Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana strengthens its implementation within the artistic and cultural life of Venice thanks to the Teatrino, a new location dedicated to conferences, talks, screenings, and concerts.
After the restoration of Palazzo Grassi in 2006, followed by that of Punta della Dogana in 2009, the rehabilitation of the Teatrino in 2013 marks the third step of François Pinault’s cultural project in Venice. Conceived and executed by Tadao Ando in close collaboration with the competent authorities and services (in particular the City of Venice and the Superintendent of Architectural Assets and Landscapes of Venice), this restoration maintains the spirit of architectural continuity of the preceding renovations.
With a 1,000 square-meter surface, the Teatrino is equipped with an auditorium of 225 seats, two foyers, and spaces for technical equipment (boxes, equipment for stage management and simultaneous translation, etc.).
Thus, it provides Palazzo Grassi-Punta della Dogana with optimal technical conditions (including acoustics) in a comfortable setting. The program of cultural activities can therefore be further developed: talks by artists, conferences, lectures, concerts, performances, and screenings will now take place at the Teatrino. It also reinforces the institution’s role as a forum of exchange, meeting, and openness towards the city.
The Teatrino opens its doors to the public in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Prima Materia at Punta della Dogana and puts an emphasis on the moving image (cinema, films by artists, video installations, etc.) with a program of works directed by artists from the Pinault Collection and shown for the first time in Italy: Loris Gréaud and Philippe Parreno, two artists presented in the exhibition Prima Materia at Punta della Dogana, and Anri Sala, the artist representing France at the 2013 Venice Biennale.