Palazzo Grassi: contemporary art exhibitions and the Teatrino

Standing in Campo San Samuele is the aristocratic Palazzo Grassi, the last great palace built on the Grand Canal before the fall of the Republic of Venice. The Grassi family commissioned the Venetian architect, Giorgio Massari to build this residence in the mid eighteenth century. Today it is owned by François Pinault, who had it restored between 2005 and 2006 by the architect Tadao Ando. The eighteenth century grandeur of Palazzo Grassi can still be seen not only in the colonnaded atrium and the majestic staircase decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo Morlaiter and Francesco Zanchi, but also the ceiling adorned with a fresco by Giambattista Canal. The nineteenth century ceilings can be admired on the upper floors housing the exhibition halls. In 2006, the Palazzo became the first venue to present the Pinault Collection to the general public and share it with a programme of temporary exhibitions.
The distinctive, cultural vocation of Venice has turned the city into a privileged showcase for the geography of contemporary art.

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The current exhibition: “CHRONORAMA. Tesori fotografici del 20° secolo”

Palazzo Grassi will host "CHRONORAMA. Photographic treasures of the 20th century" until 7 January 2024. This is the first world exhibition devoted to the photographic treasures that the Pinault Collection recently acquired from the Condé Nast archives. The 407 works produced between 1910 and 1979 depict the men, women, historic moments, daily life, dreams and dramas of the 20th century. Over 150 international artists include photographers, such as Edward Steichen, Berenice Abbott and Helmut Newton, and illustrators, such as Eduardo Garcia Benito, Helen Dryden and George Wolfe Plank.  Portraits of entertainment icons and important people are mixed with fashion photos, reportage photography, shots of buildings, still life and samples of documentary photography.

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The Teatrino of Palazzo Grassi

The restoration by the architect Tadao Ando also brought the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi back to life. Originally designed in 1857 as a romantic garden, it was transformed in the sixties into an open air theatre. It was given a roof in 1961 and finally abandoned in 1983. Today, the Teatrino offers a vast programme linked to the exhibitions on display in Palazzo Grassi and to the different contemporary forms of research and artistic expression. It has made a name for itself as one of the most dynamic venues on the Venetian cultural scene with over 100 events each year, most of which are free of charge.
Among the important people who have taken part we have to mention: the artist Simone Fattal, art historian and activist Elisabeth Lebovici, the musician Alva Noto, the author Yasmina Reza and the artist Luc Tuymans.

How to get to Palazzo Grassi

The hotel Locanda Art Deco is a three minutes on foot from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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