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SAS au capital de 10 059 500 €
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Publication director :
Paul Alezraa.

Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi

Venice, Italy

A François Pinault Foundation project

As a center for contemporary art, the former customs house of the city presents a permanent exhibition of works from the François Pinault Collection, the institution who wanted and sponsored the transition of this masterpiece of architecture, so emblematic to the city, from its eminently commercial function to port of contemporary art and ideal venue to share it with the world.

Tadao Ando’s renovation

The location of the new home for the Francois Pinault Collection, the Punta della Dogana, is one of the most prominent places in Venice, the merging point of the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, meters away from the memorial church of Santa Maria della Salute.

The building was restored by Tadao Ando from January 2008 to March 2009, funded by François Pinault,  the French billionaire and art collector. He signed a 33-years agreement with the city. The building had been empty for decades prior, with failed plans to turn it into apartments or a hotel. Dogana da Mar's stuccoed brick exterior was restored without additions, and is the only part of the original structure left intact.

This building has been floating on the water since the 15th century, and my intention is to see it float into the future; it is a very old building and it was very difficult to study its history so as to preserve its original structure and innovate toward the future. I will use a 20th century material, reinforced concrete, fitting it into this historic structure.

Tadao Ando when presenting the project in 2007.