Captivating palace overlooking the Gran Canal becomes the location of the exhibitions set up by the Prada Foundation.
Ca' Corner della Regina
is an amazing palace overlooking the Gran Canal
, run by a few years by the Prada Foundation
, who oversaw the restoration and which sets up important temporary exhibitions.
Built between 1723 and 1728 by Domenico Rossi on behalf of the Corner family of San Cassiano, the Palace rises over the ruins of the Gothic palace in which in 1454 Caterina Cornaro, future Queen of Cyprus, was born.
The exterior of the building recalls the near Ca' Pesaro of Baldassarre Longhena, actually location of the International Gallery of Modern Arts. Ca' Corner della Regina
is structured on three principal levels: a ground floor and two main floors (piani nobili). An attic and two mezzanines, located between the ground floor and the first floor, complete the palace. The façade over the Gran Canal
is characterised by a vestment made of Istrian stone and an ashlar extending from the ground floor to the mezzanine. On the inside of the palace two astonishing symmetric stairways
, in axes with the water entry, connect the atrium with the second mezzanine. The two main floors hots some impressive arcades (porteghi) decorated with stucco and frescos.
From June 2011 is headquarters of the Prada Foundation
that in the free spaces of Ca' Corner organized many temporary exhibitions. The conservative restoration of the building, supported by Prada Foundation, was planned to start in 2011 with a gradual development in accordance to the directives of the Superintendence for Architectural Heritage and Landscape of Venice and the Lagoon, with the coaching of the Civic Museums Foundation of Venice.
From 2014, on the occasion of the exhibition Art or Sound, all the floors of the palace have been re-opened to the public.