14 – Punta della Dogana

14 – Punta della Dogana, together with the Palazzo Grassi, are the two contemporary art museums of the Francois Pinault Collection in Venice. Both present both personal and collective exhibitions.

Considered one of the largest contemporary museums in the world, it was renovated by the famous Japanese architect, Tadao Ando and opened in 2009. 

Located within the Dogana da Mar (Old Customs House), at the eastern tip of the Dorsoduro district; where the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal intersect. Enjoy classic views to San Giorgio di Maggiore, the Guidecca and over San Mark’s Waterfront (Molo and the Riva degli Schiavoni).

Punta della Dogana and the Palazzo Grassi, aim to share with the public, the knowledge and love for contemporary art through the extraordinary Pinault Collection and to strengthen the privileged relationship the institution has developed with artists; especially to works specifically conceived for its exhibition spaces.



 La Punta della DoganaView of the Punta di Dogana - Venise - Francesco Guardi ca1765








Left: Punta della Dogana, with the Patriarchal Seminary of Venice (Bishops residence) and Santa Maria della Salute.

Right: View of the Punta della Dogana, by Francesco Guardi ca. 1765.

Designed and renovated by renowned Japanese architect, Tadao Ando

  • One of the two François Pinault Foundation museums. Combine Punta della Dogana, with the Ca’ Pesaro for a complete modern art tour of Venice
  • Cost: €18,00 (adults), €15,00 (reduced)  *As of march 2022
  • Suggested duration: 2 – 3 hours
  • Vaporetto stop: Salute (close) or Accademia (10 minutes walk)



Introduction. The point at the eastern tip of the Dorsoduro district, was used for docking and customs as early as the beginning of the 15th century. The Dogana da Mar,was built between 1678 and 1682; the arcade styles reflecting construction in different eras. This was five years before the nearby Salute was built. On top of the building is the statue of Atlas, built to represent the supremacy of the Republic of Venice. Two slaves hold a golden ball upon which Giuseppe Benoni’s “Fortune” stands.  The 17th-century statue turns in the wind.

The building continued to be a customs house, and thus intrinsically linked to the city’s history, until the 1980’s

After twenty years of abandonment, the Venice city council announced a tender to transform it into a contemporary art space. The Pinault Collection was awarded the tender in 2007 and entrusted the restoration of the imposing complex to architect Tadao Ando. In June 2009, after 14 months of work, Punta della Dogana reopened to the public and since then has been presenting temporary exhibitions.

It forms one of a collection of buildings, at the eastern tip of the Dorsoduro district: with the Patriarchal Seminary of Venice (Bishops residence) and Santa Maria della Salute.


“My sincere wish is that the contemporary art centre, consisting of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, shall remain truly contemporary. This impetus is a matter of great importance for me but also for Venice, a city, which has always inspired the best of creativity.”  – François Pinault


Francois Pinault’s career as a collector, is as unique as his entrepreneurial success.

Born in 1936, he grew up in Trévérienin, Brittany. Leaving school at the age of 16, he worked, first in the family sawmill and then in 1962; he created his first company specialising in the timber trade. This developed into a focus on specialised distribution activities and finally, he moved into the luxury goods sector in 1999. The “Kering” group, is one of the world leaders in the luxury industry and has been directed by Francois’s son, Francois-Henri, since 2003.

The collection that underlines and inspires the art of our time, brings together the works of all generations of artists, emerging talents and recognised names; coming from a wide range of cultures and origins. It features a diversity of themes, in particular those committed approaches to political, social, and racial and gender issues.

Sharing with the public the questions that art raises and asks us—this is the very sense of the cultural project I have initiated.” – Francois Pinault


14 – Punta della Dogana – Francois Pinault Collection.

Early in the 1970’s, François Pinault developed an interest in art with the painters of the Pont-Aven School. The discovery of the Nabis, led him to Cubism and the avant-gardes of the 20th century and later to abstraction and minimalism.  Finally, this developed into an interest into most contemporary forms of art: painting, video, sculpture, photography, installation and performance.

For Francois Pinault, fascinated by the art of his time, the construction of a collection has provided him with the opportunity to forge strong and faithful relationships with the artists; whose works he has collected over a period of many years

The collection presented, is regularly renewed in the various museums of the Pinault Collection and through exceptional loans and a programme of off-site events in partner institutions; both in France and abroad.


TOP 25 MUSEUMS. Select your museum and click on the link below:

1 – Palazzo Ducale (The Doge’s Palace)

2 – Peggy Guggenheim Collection

3 – Ca’ Pesaro

4 – The Correr Museum

5 – Galleria dell’Accademia

6 – Scuola Grande di San Rocco

7 – San Servolo Insane Asylum Museum

8 – Palazzo Grassi (Francois Pinault Collection)

9 – Museo Fortuny

10 – Leonardo da Vinci Museum

11 – Fondazione Querini Stampalia

12 – Museo del Vetro

13 – Museo del Merletto

14 – Punta della Dogana (not linked)

15 – Casa di Carlo Goldoni

16 – Museo di Storia Naturale 

17 – Museo Palazzo Mocenigo

18 – Museo Storico Navale

19 – Museo della Musica

20 – Fondazione  Vedova

21 – Museo di San Marco

22 – Museo Ebraico 

23 – Palazzo Cini

24 – Museo Provinciale di Torcello

25 – Museo Archeologico Nazionale 


LINKS ( internal external)

Official Website of Punta della Dogana    (Note the website serves all three sites of the Pinault Collection: PUNTA DELLA DOGANA – PALAZZO GRASSI – TEATRINO DI PALAZZO GRASSI)

Punta della Dogana – Dorsoduro 2 – Venice

Exhibitions – Visit – Events – Education – About                                      Bookshop and Cafeteria

Punta della Dogana is open every day except, on Tuesdays and on 25 December, from 10 am to 7 pm. Last admission at 6 pm.

Because of inflation and changing health regulation, please check details.

To widen your experience and enjoyment before visiting, please see my comprehensive and illustrated posts below.

Dorsoduro – District and Attractions

San Marco – District and Attractions

Santa Maria della Salute


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