Venice has always been famous worldwide for its collections of ancient and modern art, however do not have to forget that since the nineteenth century the city also opened to contemporary art: the Art Biennale and the Guggenheim Collection are two extraordinary evidences. Venice has opened its doors to the postmodern art with the opening of a private museum that organizes exhibitions of contemporary art of high-level, mostly based on the extensive collection of François Pinault. Since June 2009, the Pinault Foundation presents an exhibition divided in two places called ‘Mapping the Studio’ presenting a careful selection of 200 works created by 60 artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Piotr Uklanski, Takashi Murakami, Cindy Sherman, Francis Lo Savio, Richard Prince, Cy Twombly, Dake & Dinos Chapman and Ray Charles. The exhibition is housed at the premises of the Punta Dogana Venice, the former Custom of the port of Venice of the seventeenth century, and Palazzo Grassi.
A tour for connoisseurs at Punta Dogana Venice
This tour lasts 3 hours and begins at Punta della Dogana: the building is in a strategic position at the beginning of the Grand Canal overlooking the Basin of St. Mark’s. Fully restored by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, it has extraordinary spaces such as the mezzanine whose large lunette windows allow visitors to admire the urban space in a continuous dialogue between interior and exterior. The Guide will lead your for a short walk to the district of Dorsoduro, passing by the headquarters of the Guggenheim Collection – and finally reaching Palazzo Grassi, the last of the great buildings built along the Grand Canal and purchased by the French magnate in 2005.