The World Belongs to You. François Pinault.

imagesThe French billionaire François Pinault has appointed Caroline Bourgeois as the curator of this exhibition, which was conceived to coincide with the exhibition In Praise of Doubt at Punta della Dogana, and presents another re-assessment of the traditional limits of the geography of art, and how we relate to others and the world.

The World Belongs to You brings together works by artists from different practices, generations, and backgrounds, exploring artists’ relationships to history, reality and its own representation. «The exhibition revolves around major themes of contemporary history: from the breakdown of symbols, to the temptation of self-withdrawal and isolation, the attraction of violence and spirituality in a troubled and globalised world” (Caroline Bourgeois).

From 1983 to 2005, Palazzo Grassi benefited from the sponsorship of the Fiat corporation. Under the company’s founder, the late Gianni Agnelli, the institution mounted a series of major exhibitions, culminating in the centenary exhibition Dalí. With the  death of Agnelli, Fiat chose to play a less active role at Palazzo Grassi and sold its stake in the enterprise. François Pinault stepped up in May 2005, establishing the company Palazzo Grassi SpA, in which he holds an 80 percent stake. The remaining shares are retained by the Casino Municipale di Venezia, a public-private company controlled by the City of Venice.

The French department store magnate and owner of Christie’s, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent had acquired the 18th century palace just in front Hotel Palazzo Stern**** after losing patience with the French government for a project to house his 2,500 contemporary art collection on an island in the Seine southwest of Paris.

Over the past thirty years, the François Pinault Collection has grown to encompass major holdings of modern and contemporary art. One of the most significant art collections of our time, it currently comprises more than two thousand works.


Campo San Samuele
Vaporetto stops: S.Samuele (line 2) or S. Angelo (line 1)

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