The Palazzina Masieri, an architectural jewel on Venice's Grand Canal, has a rich and complex history, marked by ambitious projects and major renovations, the first of which a renovation proposal by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The project was intended as a residence for Angelo Masieri, but following his untimely death the Masieri family wished to convert it into a memorial project. In 1955, however, the Municipality of Venice officially rejected the project as inappropriate to the historic fabric of the city.
In 1962, the Masieri Foundation initiated a new project with Valeriano Pastor. However, it wasn't until 1968 that Carlo Scarpa was entrusted with the task of redesigning the interior of the Palazzina while preserving its exterior appearance. The last of Scarpa's three proposals was approved in 1972, and the building completed in 1983. Until 1996, the Masieri Foundation played a key role in architectural cultural output; hosting exhibitions and publishing content.
This marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Palazzina Masieri with the prestigious association of Galerie Negropontes and architects Roberta Bartolone and Giulio Mangano. This collaboration signals a major renovation and heralds the revival of the Palazzina as a centre for art and learning.
When it reopens in March 2024, the Palazzina Masieri will host an art exhibition symbolising its renewed role within the Università IUAV di Venezia. This inaugural exhibition will showcase the works of a dozen artists represented by Galerie Negropontes, providing a platform for the exchange and transmission of art and knowledge, in keeping with the spirit of the Masieri Foundation.