Bruno Racine appointed director of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana in Venice

Words by Alessandra Bellomo
January 16, 2020

The Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana contemporary art museum will have a new direction from next March on. The appointed director Bruno Racine will supervise the activities of François Pinault’s art collection in Venice starting with the opening of the new art exhibitions in late March 2020.
He will substitute Martin Bethenod, in charge of the Venetian institution since 2010, moved by the collector Pinault to the direction of his soon-to-be-open new museum at the Bourse de Commerce in Paris.

Former President of relevant cultural institutions, Bruno Racine was born in Paris in 1951. Educated at the École normale supérieure and then at the École nationale d’administration, he joined the Court of Auditors in Paris. In 1988, he was named director of cultural affairs for the city of Paris until 1993, when he became Foreign Minister in the cabinet of Alain Juppé. He directed the French Academy at Villa Medici in Rome from 1997 until 2002, when he was named President of the Centre George Pompidou. In 2007 he joined with the same role the Bibliothèque nationale de France until the last appointment as museum director in Venice. 

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