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Palazzo Grassi, Venice

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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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  • This exhibition was a must during a recent trip to Venice, the imagination behind this was truly exceptional, a sunken treasure ship - The Unbelievable, discovered containing artefacts from all over t...  more »
  • This beautiful palazzo now houses the Prada Foundation with outstanding contemporary art exhibitions that give everyone an opportunity to view the historical interior space.  more »
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  • They had amazing exhibition if you are interested about creative modern art. The price is reasonable compared with all the rest museums in Italy. The only disadvantage was that two palaces in distance that you must check two places to get the full picture of the exhibition.
  • Nice, clear layout with stunning lobby, perfectly suited for Damien Hirst's 18m bronze statue (or vice versa)
  • We saw Damien Hirst's show here ("Treasures from the wreck of the Unbelievable") which was simply fantastic. The palace is the perfect setting for it. The palace itself is attractive and has a decent café.
  • Fantastic palace brilliant art.
  • Special mood in an exclusive lagoon's place.