Palazzo Grassi

Built between 1748 and 1772 by architect Giorgio Massari, Palazzo Grassi was the last palace to be built on the Grand Canal before the fall of the Venetian Republic.
The main stairwell is frescoed by Michelangelo Morlaiter and Francesco Zanchi, and the ceilings are decorated by the artists Giambattista Canal and Christian Griepenkerl. In 1840, the Grassi family sold the palace, and it passed through the hands of several different owners before becoming the International Centre of Arts and Costume in 1951. In 1983, Palazzo Grassi was bought by Fiat as a space for art and archaeology exhibitions, and the building was adapted by the Milanese architect Gae Aulenti. In 2005, Palazzo Grassi was bought by art collector François Pinault. Renovated by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, it reopened in April 2006 with the exhibition "Where are we going?", which presented the French collector's splendid collection of contemporary and modern art for the first time through temporary exhibitions.

Punta della Dogana

During the fifteenth century, developments in Venice’s commercial activities led to the Sea Customs House, which had previously been near the Arsenal, being transferred to the western point of Dorsoduro. The building as it stands today was completed in 1682, five years before the nearby Basilia of the Salute. Architect Giuiseppe Benoni’s work is characterised by the tower surmounted by a sculptural group representing two Atlases lifting a golden bronze sphere on the top of which is Fortune, which, by turning, indicates the direction of the wind. The building continued to be a customs house, and thus intrinsically linked to the city’s history, until the 1980s. After twenty years of abandonment, the Venice city council announced a tender to transform it into a contemporary art space. The Pinault Collection was awarded the tender in 2007, and entrusted the restoration of the imposing complex to architect Tadao Ando. In June 2009, after 14 months of work, Punta della Dogana reopened to the public and since then has been presenting temporary exhibitions.

Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi

In 1857 Palazzo Grassi was bought by Baron Simeone De Sina, who decided to create a small garden wtih fountains, scenic designs, columns and pergolas. In 1951, when the International Centre for Arts and Costume was established, the garden was replaced by an open-air theatre, which in the 1960s was covered to host receptions, fashion shows and theatrical performances. With the closure of the International Centre for Arts and Costume in 1983, the theatre became redundant. After the restoration of Palazzo Grassi in 2006, followed by that of Punta della Dogana in 2009, the renovation and transformation of the Teatrino in 2013 represented the third phase of François Pinault’s cultural project in Venice. Conceived by Tadao Ando, Palazzo Grassi’s new Teatrino has a 225-seat auditorium that hosts a rich and varied cultural programme (screenings, concerts, lectures).

Palazzo Grassi will reopen to the public on Sunday 12 March 2023.
Punta della Dogana will reopen to the public on Sunday 2 April 2023.

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