CategoryModern & Contemporary Art
Good To KnowOpen also Mondays
TipGreat views over the lagoon and St. Mark's Square
The Punta della Dogana is a contemporary art museum in Venice that exhibits artworks from the François Pinault Foundation, one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world.
Occupying a triangular tongue of land where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca Canal, the former customs house, dating back to the 15th century, reflects this triangular shape in its design.
The building was restored by minimalist Japanese architect Tadao Ando (who also restored Palazzo Grassi), funded by French billionaire and art collector, François Pinault. The structure today is simple and pared-back retaining the characteristic layout of a warehouse. The space is divided into nine halls arranged transversely, complete with exposed brick walls, wooden beams and polished concrete floors.