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Contemporary art on stage

Talking about contemporary art in Venice you might think on Biennale and may be on Guggenheim Museum. Actually in the last years Venice has attracted some of the most important art private foundations of the world, contributing to build a new contemporary artistic background of the city.

Prada Foundation, Louis Vuitton Cultural Center, Vedova Foundation, Zuecca Project Space are some of the new entries that aim to propose their personal point of view and keep the city’s traditional art vocation alive.

Pinault Foundation has stood out among Venice art organizations, opening two exhibition centers in two historical and important buildings of the city: Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.

Palazzo Grassi


Palazzo Grassi has been the first venue of the Foundation since 2005 and, located in Campo San Samuele, the building is the last palazzo on the Grand Canal having been built after the collapse of Venice Republic in 1797. So the temporary exhibitions presented here are based in whole or in part on Francois Pinault’s Collection, in a dialogue between Neoclassical architecture and modern renovation solutions created by architect Tadao Ando.

The museum has always organized meaningful and extraordinary exhibitions, as the current dedicated to Rudolf Stingel.

Rudolf Stingel Exhibition

The project, conceived expressely for Palazzo Grassi, unfolds over the atrium and both upper floors, a space over 5.000 square meters. For the first time, the museum devotes the whole exhibition area to the work of single artist. The exhibition includes previously unseen paintings as well as creations from the past years and a site-specific installation. This is Stingel’s largest ever monogrphic presentation in Europe.

You are in time to visit this exhibition till 31st december (open every day except on Tuesdays, last entrance at 6pm)

Punta della Dogana

The customs houses, which were locate at Castello close to the Arsenal, are divided into Customs of Land and Customs of Sea. The latter is then relocated to Punta della Dogana, at the tip of the island of Dorsoduro, named “Punta del Sale” beacause of the salt warehouses which were built there.

Triangular shaped Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal. As a center for contemporary art, the former customs house of the city presents a permanent exhibition of works of the Francois Pinault Collection. The institution wanted the transition of this masterpiece of architecture, so emblematic to the city, from its eminently commercial function to restored port of contemporary art and ideal venue to share it with the worls.

On the occasion of the 55th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale, the exhibition “Prima Materia” is hosted by Punta della Dogana until 31st December. About eighty works from 1960 to today realized by artist from the Pinault Collection. A dialogue between important historical movements, such as Mono-Ha and Arte Povera, will be generated and coupled with in-depth monographic presentations of works by artists suc as Foulkes, Grotjahn and Dumas. A selection of challenging installations specifically reconcived for Punta della Dogana, as well as new commissions will be included.

Prima Materia

Inspired by medieval texts on alchemy, the curators suggest, with reference to the the title of the exhibition, that “we live in an age of global pluralism. Four basic elements of painting, sculpture, installation, and performance are all alchemized by the prima materia of media, not only the substance of film or video or the Internet, but the means of its dissemination and discussion globally“.

Open every day except on Tuesdays, last entrance at 6pm.

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