Italy takes center stage in Modern Istanbul’s “Museum Talk” series

Italy takes center stage in Modern Istanbul’s “Museum Talk” series

The famous Istanbul Modern Fair continues its popular “Museum Talk” series with a focus on Italy after a three-year hiatus.

The next guest on the program is Mauro Baroncelli, COO of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.

He will interact with audiences on November 24, presenting “The Pinault Collection in Venice: A Brief History.”

Vividly highlighting the importance of Venice as one of the pivotal centers in the world of contemporary art, Baroncelli will delve into the history and operations of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.

Made possible with the support of the Italian Consulate General in Istanbul and in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, the event promises to provide an insight into Pinault’s evolving collection, which spans nearly 50 years.

Mauro Baroncelli, Director of Operations at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana. (Image from modern Istanbul)

Mauro Baroncelli, who is actively involved in cultural policies in Bergamo, Italy, will share his involvement in various artistic disciplines and his dedication to facilitating young people’s access to the arts. Having been part of the reopening of the Accademia Carrara during the restoration phase from 2008 to 2015, Baroncelli will explain the exhibitions, performance and future plans for the Grassi Palace and Punta della Dogana during his talk at Modern Istanbul.

The Palazzo Grassi, initially built as a residence in the latter half of the 18th century along the Grand Canal, and the Punta della Dogana, built in the 17th century as customs offices, are notable landmarks in Venice.

Renowned architect Tadao Ando received the Pritzker Prize in 1995 for his restoration work on these structures, unveiling exhibition spaces that showcase the buildings’ original architecture while incorporating transformative elements and revealing layers of history.

Since the opening of Palazzo Grassi in 2006 and Punta della Dogana in 2009, they have been hosting the endeavors of the Pinault Group. The recent addition of the Paris Mercantile Exchange expands the reach of the Pinault Group, reinforcing the dream of connecting with a wider audience.

With nearly ten thousand works of contemporary art, the Pinault Collection is one of the most important art collections in the world. Furthermore, ongoing programs at Venice’s Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi since 2013 reflect the group’s commitment to maintaining a year-round presence in the city.

Palazzo Grassi (also known as Palazzo Grassi-Stucky) is a Venetian classical style building located on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. (Image from modern Istanbul)

The “Museum Talk” series, which was started by the Modern Istanbul Foundation in 2012, continues its legacy by highlighting Italy. Having previously hosted international museum professionals from the US, UK, Germany and France, the chain now welcomes Italy as its first guest in the new building of modern Istanbul.

In collaboration with the Italian Consulate General in Istanbul and the Italian Cultural Institute, this program explores the unique contributions, historical backgrounds, organizational structures and future strategies of Italian museums and cultural institutions.

Representatives from prestigious institutions such as Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Turin), Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi (Venice), Mambo (Bologna), Jamec (Bergamo), Fonzione Prada (Milan and Venice), and Maxsi (Rome) interact with art lovers, And exchange ideas in their fields of specialization.

This event, which offers free entry and Turkish interpretation, can be explored further through the Modern Istanbul website.

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