PHILIPPE STARCK & VENICE BIENNALE

 Installation work by Joana Vasconcelos, Venice Biennale 2011. Palazzina Grassi's bond with contemporary art is strong

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Star designer Philippe Starck has a special relationship with the city of Venice: from creating the French pavilion for the 1990 Art Biennale to contributing to the design of the city’s new logo. The opening of the Palazzina Grassi in 2009 marked Starck’s triumphant return to La Serenissima.

Given that the Palazzina Grassi is located in the heart of Venice surrounded by the city’s most prestigious museums, art galleries and theaters, it’s little wonder that Emanuele Garosci’s property has become a Mecca for lovers of art and ...

"During the major events, Palazzina Grassi’s restaurant and bar is the place to be for a crowd of international artists, celebrity designers or movie stars"
 L'Homme Press?' by Thomas Houseago at the Palazzo Grassi, right next to Palazzina Grassi
 Moshiri's artwork at Venice Biennale, 2011. Palazzina Grassi's bond with contemporary art is strong  Life is beautiful installation work in Venice Biennale. Palazzina Grassi's bond with contemporary art is strong

... culture. In fact, the entire city is just that, due to its rich cultural history and its world-renowned art festival – the Venice Biennale.

What originally started as a contemporary art fair taking place every two years has grown continuously over the decades. Today, the Biennale umbrella covers not only the Venice Biennale proper, taking place in odd years, but also the Venice Biennale of Architecture in even years, the annual Venice Film Festival as well as festivals dedicated to music, theater and dance.

Famed designer Philippe Starck has strong ties to both the Biennale and the city of Venice: in 1990 he designed the French pavilion for the Art Biennale and in 2003 he collaborated with the French graphics designer Mathieu Thibaut for the design of the city’s new logo.

The opening of the Palazzina Grassi in 2009 marked Starck’s triumphant return to Venice. A dazzling world of floor-to-ceiling Venetian mirrors and Murano glass, countless chandeliers and bespoke leather furniture, the hotel brings to Venice a strikingly modern, luxuriously decadent design aesthetic that was previously unknown in la Serenissima.

Conveniently tucked away in a tiny alley behind Palazzo Grassi, home to François Pinault’s collection of contemporary art, the hotel is the perfect starting point for a visit to the Venice Biennale. During the major events, Palazzina Grassi’s restaurant and bar is the place to be for a crowd of international artists, celebrity designers or movie stars.

 German Pavilion at Venice Biennale. Palazzina Grassi's bond with contemporary art is strong  Andy Warhol 'Dead'  at Venice Biennale, 2011.Palazzina Grassi's bond with contemporary art is strong  Logo at the German Pavilion at Venice Biennale, 2011. Palazzina Grassi's bond with contemporary art is strong
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