Palazzo Contarini-Polignac

Visual identity : Palazzo Contarini-Polignac, Venice, Italy



The Palazzo Contarini Polignac is one of the last great private houses on the Grand Canal in Venice. The magnificent Lombardesque palace was built in the late 15th century and was for many centuries the home of the Contarini family. In 1901 it was acquired by Winnaretta Singer as a gift for her husband, the Prince de Polignac. Winnaretta, heiress to the Singer sewing-machine empire, was an energetic patron of the arts – in particular of music. She used her considerable fortune to turn the palazzo into a home for many of the most important composers and musicians of the 20th century. Igor Stravinsky, François Poulenc, Gabriel Faure, Kurt Weill, Eric Satie and Manuel de Falla were among the many luminaries who benefited from her friendship and patronage. Other distinguished friends and guests included Marcel Proust, Reynaldo Hahn, Ezra Pound and Cole Porter. Today the palazzo is still family-owned, economically independent and a thriving centre for the arts and music. The tradition set in place by Winnaretta Singer continues to this day.

Frequently a venue of temporary exhibitions and other cultural events.