State of the art: ERCO transforms the lighting at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, a historic setting for the famous contemporary Pinault Collection
Originally designed as a grand family residence in the 18th century, the classical Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal is nowadays a prestigious centre for contemporary art in Venice. With a succession of owners over the centuries, and famously renovated in 2005 by leading Japanese architect Tadao Ando, in 2023 it was brought completely up to date with a cutting-edge lighting system from ERCO.
Palazzo Grassi became a venue for art exhibitions when owned by the Fiat Group. But its story took a significant turn when it was bought in 2005 by French billionaire François Pinault, owner of a contemporary art collection that includes more than 5000 works by 20th and 21st-century artists.
Ando's subsequent major renovation conserved the grandeur of the original 1772 palace, while equipping the building with modern facilities for displaying art, a total of 40 rooms, providing 5000 sqm of exhibition space. As part of the François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi features rotating exhibitions from Pinault's extensive art collection, as well as site-specific installations commissioned from contemporary artists.