From 10 April 2011 to 31 December 2012




Punta della Dogana presents the exhibition In Praise of Doubt. The former customs house of Venice was transformed by the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando into Centre for Contemporary Art from the François Pinault Foundation.

This new exhibition, curated by Caroline Bourgeois, collects historical pieces and new works including several site-specific projects that question the idea of uncertainty, our convictions about identity, and revisit the relationship between intimate space and the space of artwork.

Sixty-five works by twenty great artist, among them are the minimalist Donald Judd, Edward Kienholz, Roni Horn, Sigmar Polke, Bruce Neuman and two of Pinault’s favorite artists , Maurizio Cattelan and Jeff Koons.

In Campo della Salute, in front of the Centre of Contemporary Art of Venice, stands “Vater Stadt” the monumental bronze statue by the German artist Thomas Schutte which raises the question of what is monumental, what is sculpture, what is collector’s item. The Schutte’s father is impressive, uncommunicative, and his condition is aggravated by the concept of State which is represented old and disarmed in his dressing gown.

This exhibition will go together with another exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, “The World is yours” which will be presented from 2nd June 2011. Its opening will coincide with that of the contemporary art Venice Biennale, and will bring together works by some 40 artists from 20 countries

IN PRAISE OF DOUBT – Punta della Dogana -Venice
10 April 2011 to 31 December, 2012
Hours: 10-19 (Ticket office closes at 18)
Closed on Tuesdays
Tickets: € 15, free for up to 11 years