After the collapse of a major project to build a museum on an island in the middle of the Seine to display an extensive collection of Pinault, he decided to move from Paris to Venice and bought a palace on the Canal Grande from Fiat for 29 million euros. But for the reconstruction of the architectural monument and its adaptation to the museum needs, Pino again turned to Tadao Ando, the author of the unrealized project of his Paris museum.
40 halls of the palazzo (5000 sq. M) were used for the exposition. The architect kept his interference to a minimum by being very careful with the interior of the 18th century. He covered the lavishly decorated walls with white panels anchored by aluminum trusses. These metal beams also serve as the basis for a lighting system of 1,500 luminaires. An awning is stretched over the courtyard at a height of 20 m, dampening the sunlight.