The Palazzo Grassi has had its ups and downs in the 20th century. This Palazzo dates back to the 18th century. The Grassi Palace came into the Bolognese Grassi Family shortly after they purchased a place in Venetian society in 1718. As a new member of the aristocracy, they sought to build a palace suitable to their new station in life. The architect was Giorgio Massari (1686-1766). He completed the structure in 1749. It was built in the Neo-classical style of the time.
The building, however, fell on hard times. Eventually, the automobile manufacturer, Fiat, purchased it in 1985. It became a show case for various exhibitions. Lectures and shows on Picasso, Modigliani and Balthus became part of the program. However, Gianni Agnelli died. The future for the Grassi Palace became uncertain. Who could afford the collection, the upkeep and the programs? Enter François Pinault, the French Magnate and art collector. He purchased the house and had the interior overhauled by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It is once again open to the public.
Address: Campo San Samuele, 3231, 30124 Venezia, Italy
Open hours: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Phone: +39 041 523 1680
Architect: Giorgio Massari