Punta della Dogana
Lonely Planet review for Punta della Dogana
Fortuna, the weathervane atop Punta della Dogana, swung Venice's way in 2005, when bureaucratic hassles in Paris convinced billionaire art collector François Pinault to showcase his art works at Palazzo Grassi and create an installation art gallery in long-abandoned customs warehouses at Punta della Dogana. Architect Tadao Ando opened interiors to the elements outside, flooding exposed-brick galleries with light through windows in water gates and polished-concrete channels – astute homages to Carlo Scarpa's designs for Negozio Olivetti.
Rotating installations here invade personal space and address personal fixations: Chen Zhen's landscape made from pure crystal versions of his own diseased internal organs, Edward Keinholz's full-scale recreation of a Vegas brothel parlour, and Abdel Abdessemed's drawings of Molotov cocktail throwers propped up on concert stands to create orchestrated violence. Not all works are intended for younger viewers, while other pieces (ie Jeff Koons' steel pool toys) may speak to them exclusively.