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Palazzo Grassi: Venice's Museum of Modern Art

art & culture

At the heart of the city, the palace is owned by the French billionaire François Pinault, who turned it into a museum to house his personal collection.

How does a collection come together? The answer is hung on the walls of the Palazzo Grassi. In 2005, François Pinault bought this palace, already devoted to art, from the Agnelli family.

He put the Japanese architect Tadao Ando in charge of renovating it and of coming up with a museographic setting that would showcase his collection of more than 2,000 pieces, while respecting the neo-Gothic style of the 18th-century building. The Japanese architect played upon a blueprint that rhymes with harmony. This is the first reason why one should visit this foundation. The second? It brings together, in one place, some of the most important minimalist, post-minimalist, and pop-art artworks, including pieces by Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Damien Hirst.

Which makes it easier to better understand the coherence and grasp the meaning of these artistic movements. The Pinault Foundation today also occupies an adjacent building, the Punta della Dogana.

Palazzo Grassi
Campo San Samuele 3231
30124 Venezia

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