Inaugurated in 2006 and 2009, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana are two contemporary art museums that showcase François Pinault’s extraordinary private art collection. Housed in 17th and 18th-century Venetian buildings renovated by Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, the contemporary collection interacts with the city’s cultural heritage and international art scene. The museums present both individual and group shows, as well as works specifically conceived for the exhibition space. In April 2017, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana opened one of its biggest shows to date, Damien Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable.
Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana exhibit one of the world’s greatest contemporary art collections. The museums have a privileged relationship with artists that have led to incredible works specifically conceived for the spaces, for example, Damine Hirst’s, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable—his first show after a ten-year hiatus. With all of its ventures, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana create powerful dialogues with a Venetian and international public.