Tadao Ando, Venice: The Pinault Collection at the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta Della Dogana

Random House Incorporated, 2010 - 160 .
The acclaimed renovation of two of Venices most revered landmarks by the master architect for François Pinaults unmatched contemporary art collection. Long acknowledged as a master builder of art spaces, Tadao Ando faced a new constructional challenge with the renovation of two of Venices iconic buildingsand succeeded brilliantly. Approached by French magnate François Pinault to renovate two disparate but equally high-profile and challenging Venetian structures to house his peerless collection of contemporary artthe Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della DoganaAndo deftly employed his signature process to produce two elegant interiors from highly complicated historic sites. At the Palazzo Grassi, prominently located on the Grand Canal, Andos quiet but expert renovation of the eighteenth-century rooms harmonizes contemporary art with historical Venetian spaces. At the Punta della Dogana, the Venetian Republics original customs warehouse, the large-scale space was subtly subdivided into refined rooms for installation art. The overall effect of the two different renovations is a harmony of old and new, of history and innovationa result that can only be from the hands of Tadao Ando.

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Philip Jodidio is the author of Tadao Ando at Naoshima and I.M. Pei: Complete Works.