Ca’ Corner della Regina – PRADA FOUNDATION

PradaCa’ Corner della Regina is considered the first architectural example to introduce non-Baroque parameters as dominant themes, even if some elements of the prior style remain.

Built between 1724 and 1728 by Domenico Rossi for the Corner family of San Cassiano atop the ruins of the palazzo in which Caterina Corner—future queen of Cyprus—was born, it displays an architecture stylistically reminiscent of Baldassare Longhena’s nearby Ca’ Pesaro, the current venue of the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna.

The building is modulated over three storeys and features two mezzanines between the ground floor and first floor. The façade is of Istrian stone, with rustication over the ground floor and mezzanine. The last descendant of the Corner family bequeathed the palazzo to Pope Pius VII.

Until 1969, it was home to the Padri Cavanis and the Monte di Pietà, and from 1975 to 2010 it housed the ASAC, the Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee. With the support of the Prada Foundation, the restoration of the building, which for now will be limited to conservation, has been planned in gradual stages based on the directives of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici di Venezia e della Laguna, with the help of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

From June 4th Ca’ Corner della Regina has been re-opened. It is a beautiful palace on the Grand Canal, once the headquarters of the ASAC. This marvellous building were then assigned to the Prada Foundation, which oversaw its restoration as its own permanent exhibition space.

An exhibition, curated by Germano Celant, illustrates the present and future activities of the foundation, including the collection of artworks, architecture, restoration works made on the building of the eighteenth-century Venice that hosts it and special projects carried out in collaboration with international museum organizations such as the Hermitage.


Until October 2nd 2011

10 am – 6 pm Closed on Tuesdays



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  1. Always a good job right here. Keep rolling on tohrugh.

    Comment by Keesha — 17 August 2011 @ 11:06

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