A new art gallery has been opened in the Dorsoduro district in Venice in the former customs house. Francois Pinault is the man responsible for the transformation.
The opening of the new gallery is quite a rarity in a city which has changed little since the days of Napoleon. Many of Pinault’s own works are included in the collection for an agreed thirty year period. Located in a prime position in Venice it is hard to miss the refurbished building. Pinault who has his own palace which is used as a gallery secured the right to develop the gallery against strong competition from the Guggenheim Foundation.
For over thirty years the building lay empty in what was a tragic waste of such an excellent location. There were tenders to turn the site into housing or accommodation projects which were denied by local officials.
Tadao Ando from Japan was hired to design the interior of the building. Sculptures, installations and paintings from the the collection of Pinaualt can be found as you pass through a red bead curtain to the exhibition. Dorsoduro will now be considered the prime artistic district in Venice. The museum is open every day except Tuesday for an admission price of fifteen euro.