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Palazzo Grassi, Venice
(3.2/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
History unfolds at Palazzo Grassi, a peach-colored 18th-century palace that sits along Venice's Grand Canal. Its academic Classical architecture starkly contrasts with the Byzantine Romanesque and Baroque Venetian styles of the neighboring palaces, a testament to its 1772 completion, which made it a latecomer among palaces on the canal. It features a formal façade of white marble and lacks the lower mercantile openings of its counterparts. The building has served as an art gallery since its restoration in 1983, currently housing the personal art collection of François Pinault, a contemporary art enthusiast. While the building's historical significance is preserved in its exterior, the interior has been completely renovated in a modern design. Take a tour of the building to see the ever-changing contemporary displays exhibited over three floors of the former palace. Plan your Palazzo Grassi visit and explore what else you can see and do in Venice using our Venice vacation trip planner.
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  • beginning from the building: Palazzo Grassi is a large building of the end of 700, whose interiors were theatrically decorated by the most skilled craftsmen of Venice, as well as by talented painters: this is testified by trompe l'oeil frescoes of the staircase, which welcome who climbs the stairs as if there was a fancy dress party waiting for him behind the balustrade of the first floor. The Palace was remodeled and restored in 80 by Gae Aulenti, and just a few years ago by a famous architect. I regard the latter work bad: all the walls were covered with white panels, all Venetian terrazzo floors were covered with something that looks like linoleum, light grey. Environments that once see the elegance of the style of the Venetian 700 appear to have been made similar to a waiting room. Only the sumptuous ceilings occasionally appear, evidently because the Superintendent has banned their coverage. All Windows, even those that open onto the Canal, are strictly covered by curtains irremovable. So we lose one of the best shows in town. In short, I would ask the note superstars: what good is having Palazzo Grassi in Venice if what you want or you can do it castigarne the appearance late baroque to produce aseptic environments that seem an ambulatory hospital doctor? It seems that the architect has not understood anything of Palazzo Grassi and Venice, and hasn't done anything to talk to the historic building and its context. Rejected, all down the line (and thus the client). The exhibition is devoted to the work of Sigmar Polke. Apart from some very beautiful pieces downstairs, which exposed to a biennial 10 years ago (it is, however, a little cerebral art inspired by the philosophical of Jaspers and his theory of axiological age of humanity), the rest is quite distracting and unnecessary. The exhibition does not provide a common thread, it does not provide the information, and visitors turn lost in the midst of works that require to be consistently interpreted and deciphered. The restoration of the Palace as well as the exhibition seem merely pretentious.
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  • 15 euros per person for a museum that isn't worth it. Disappointing. We expected a less bare exposure.
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  • I purchased a ticket that included a visit to Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi for a total of 40 euro. The price is excessive and do not recommend it highly enough. Deserves a special Punta della Dogana that Board to see. I may have created high expectations for Palazzo Grassi. Expectations were dashed. Wonderful frescoes, antique furniture, magical atmosphere of times gone by even the shadow. All the interiors of the Palace were covered by white walls that depersonalized the entire path through the halls. The elegant armchairs that furnished the Palace entrance hallway atmosphere disappeared in any vintage condo of a big city. Some rooms have preserved the frescoes on the ceiling and it's funny to see how in these cases, visitors instead of seeing anonymous works hung at white walls just as anonymous, are all with upturned nose to contemplate the marvellous frescoes on the ceilings. The few that remain. But way to works of art on display. By visiting the site you refer to a whole range of works by contemporary composers (including Rothko) which should be the permanent collection. I find that there is no permanent collection but that there is only one View of a German artist that I have already forgotten the name that has monopolized the vast exhibition space with a series of paintings by cryptic. In ten minutes I ended up visiting a Bar that offered a sad messy brunch on a small table.
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  • ...great venue for modern art...check out Damien Hirst's stuff...Sigmar Polke's current exhibition not the best modern art as Timothy has stated....
  • If you like modern art in the ancient Venice, you should visit Palazzo Grassi. Try to not miss Punta della Dogana too.
  • Great exhibit space and usually the exhibits are, too. But current show of Polke into mid June 2016 is one of the worst shows I have ever seen anywhere. But the Grassi is always the first art museum I check out.
  • Such a nice building
  • Beautiful place