A new Berggruen Institute outpost has opened in one of Venice’s most historic palaces



The Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, founded by billionaire Parisian art collector Nicolas Berggruen, today inaugurated its new European headquarters in the Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice, a neo-Gothic palace on the island of Giudecca .

As part of the festivities, he announced that philosopher Peter Singer is the 2021 recipient of the annual $ 1 million Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture.

The singer will receive his award, which recognizes visionaries whose thought advances human understanding, at a ceremony next spring in Los Angeles.

“I am delighted that my work has been recognized by the jury that awards the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture, and I thank Nicolas Berggruen for his commitment to honor those who work in philosophy and the realm of ideas,” said Singer in a press release. , adding that he planned to donate half of the funds to The Life You Can Save, a charity he founded “to spread the idea of ​​giving to the most effective charities for the benefit of the poorest people of the world”.

President of the Institut Berggruen Nicolas Berggruen. Photo by Jason Carter Rinaldi / Getty Images for the Berggruen Institute.

The new building of the institute previously belonged to the Fondazione di Venezia, which hosted photographic exhibitions by David LaChapelle, Helmut Newton and Lewis Hine.

“We see Venice as a gateway for those seeking answers to the most pressing questions and challenges of our time, and the Casa dei Tre Oci as the hub of the institute’s work to develop ideas for building a world better, ”said Berggruen, president of the institute, said in a statement.

Built as a private house and workshop by the artist Mario De Maria in 1913, the Casa dei Tre Oci was recognized by the Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the region as a property of historical and artistic interest in 2007.

The Berggruen Institute, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, plans to use the space to host international programming in the visual arts and architecture, including summits, workshops, symposia and exhibitions. The organization has agreed to continue the space photography program for the next two years.

Pierre Singer.  Photo by Derek Goodwin, courtesy of the Berggruen Institute.

Pierre Singer. Photo by Derek Goodwin, courtesy of the Berggruen Institute.

“As Casa dei Tre Oci continues to be the place for constructive discussions on contemporary issues, we look forward to the prospects of its future cooperation with other institutions in Venice, placing it at the center of the city’s cultural life” , Michele Bugliesi, president of the Fondazione di Venezia, said.

The institute is also building a new flagship in Los Angeles, near the Getty Center in the Santa Monica Mountains, designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog et de Meuron.

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