Baroque dreams come true at Baldassare Longhena's Grand Canal palace, where a marble staircase leads to gilded ballrooms, frescoed...
Chiesa di San Vidal
Built by Doge Vitale Falier in the 11th century, Chiesa di San Vidal got a 1706–14 Palladian facelift to comemmorate Doge Francesco...
Create Carnevale masks in a 2½ hour workshop here. Classes focus on either the art of papier mâché sculpting or painted-mask decoration.
Everything you've heard of Vivaldi from weddings and mobile ring tones is proved fantastically wrong by Interpreti Veneziani, which...
Bacaro Da Fiore
Attached to a posh trattoria, this cicheti counter wins Venetian loyalty with small plates of baccala mantecato (creamed cod),...
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Palazzo Grassi information
Grand Canal gondola riders gasp at first glimpse of massive sculptures by contemporary artists like Thomas Houseago docked in front of Giorgio Masari’s 1749 neoclassical palace. French billionaire François Pinault's provocative art collection overflows Palazzo Grassi, supplying Venice with sensation and scandal aplenty between Biennales – but Tadao Ando's creatively repurposed interior architecture steals the show.
Clever curation and shameless art-star namedropping are the hallmarks of rotating Palazzo Grassi exhibits, showcasing Takashi Murakami’s smiling Superflat daisies, Raymond Pettibon’s poetically captioned cartoons (‘I curse the happy for whom the unhappy is only a spectacle’) and Barbara Kruger’s provocative maxims (‘We are astonishingly lifelike’).
Postmodern architect Gae Aulenti peeled back twee rococo decor to highlight Masari’s muscular classicism in 1985–86, and minimalist master Ando added stage-set drama in 2003–05 with ethereal backlit scrims and strategic spotlighting. Ando's design directs attention to contemporary art, without detracting from baroque ceiling frescoes. Don’t miss the cafe overlooking the Grand Canal, with interiors redesigned by contemporary artists with each new show.