Palazzo Grassi and Punto della Dogana

Palazzo Grassi and Punto della Dogana

While we were busy roving the streets of Brooklyn, our friends at Happy Famous Artists were charging though Venice for some art exploration.  Below are some images from Francois Pinault’s exhibition spaces the Palazzo Grassi and the Punto della Dogana.  Pinault is one of the top collectors today.  A self-made French tycoon who owns, among other things, the Gucci Group (which includes Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, and Alexander McQueen), Christie’s auction house, and the storied vineyard Château Latour, in the Médoc region of France, Pinault’s collection houses high-end contemporary art stars such as Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra and Jeff Koons.  Though these artists are pretty cookie-cutter-brand-name and far from what we consider emerging, we admire Pinault for his constant focus on refining his vision and his collection.  His seminal collection is exemplary of how influential collectors are in today’s market.

Contamination, Joana Vasconcelos.

This installation takes over the entire building, a clashing of colorful kitch and elegant grandeur.

Life is Beautiful, Farhad Moshiri.

This delicate script is constructed of knives stabbed directly into the wall.

Old Baishi in 99 Years Old, and Friendship (2 women),

Zhang Huong.

Life is Beautiful, Friederich Kunath.

What you see here is a detail of a  full-body sculpture with a snow globe resting on the shoulders of the figure - his head is inside the snow globe.

Stranger Than Paradise, Yan Jiechang.

This piece is remeniscent of Japanese screen landscapes, but the oversexualized creatures in this scene warrant a closer inspection.

Eye Netweork News, Pool Party, and the Architecht's House, Jonathan Wateridge.

Gunpowder Gorest Bubble, Loris Greaud.

This indoor forest is haunting and magical. 



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