Mr. Martin Bethenod, Director of Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana (Italy)
Martin Bethenod, 45, has been CEO and Director of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation since 1 June 2010. He has previously held a number of positions in the fields of contemporary art and culture.
He began his career as Project Director for the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Paris (1993- 1996), going on to work as Chief of Staff for the President of the Pompidou Centre (1996-1998), before creating and chairing the Direction of Publications at the Pompidou Centre (1998-2001).
After being Deputy Editor of Connaissance des Arts magazine (2001-2002), and then Culture and Lifestyle Editor at French Vogue (2002-2003), he worked at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as Arts Delegate (2003-2004).
From 2004 to 2010 he was General Director of FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair, Paris), which he steered to its current position as one of the most important international art events.
In 2010 he was also in charge of the artistic direction of the Nuit Blanche in Paris, which garnered both critical and public acclaim.