<b>François Pinault</b><br><br><br><br>Ten years ago, when I decided to share my collection with the public in Venice, at Palazzo Grassi, I set myself three goals: I wanted to share my passion for the art of our time with as large an audience as possible; to provide support and encouragement to artists creating new work today; and to participate, alongside Venice’s great institutions, in affirming the city’s important artistic and cultural role. The opening of Punta della Dogana, in 2009, then of the Teatrino in 2013, further bolstered these aims. Together, these three spaces now occupy an important role, as their visibility and renown continues to grow steadily in Venice, Italy, Europe, and the world.<br><br>
Naturally, the beauty and majesty of these spaces contribute a great deal to their prestige. Tadao Ando restored each of them, gave them a new life, with the subtlety and refinement that characterizes all of his architectural work. <br />He pulled off a remarkable tour de force by creating spaces that are ideal for the exhibition of contemporary art while maintaining the original essence of these buildings, a palpable feeling of their long history and memory.<br><br>
But it is most of all Palazzo Grassi’s wide range of activities that endows this ensemble with such vitality. Palazzo Grassi’s schedule of exhibitions and events testifies to a strong and lively relationship with artists, based on mutual trust, as the museum partners with them in their research and risk-taking. During ten years, Palazzo Grassi has shown how art responds to world events, its aspirations, and its (often tragic) complexity. This strong presence of those who create art, and their participation in every aspect of our institution, is another of its unique features. <br><br>
I also wanted Venetians, and Venice itself, to be involved in the activities of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana – Teatrino. In this way, the ensemble became a real platform, a space for creativity, but also for reflection and communication, in which different eras, origins, movements, and imaginations can meet. The recent addition of new art institutions and actors in the sphere of contemporary art has increased the visibility and appeal of Venice in the international art world and highlighted the unique position of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana – Teatrino.<br><br>
This means this institution must continue to innovate while maintaining its reputation for excellence: a worthy challenge to shoulder for decades to come.