HIGHLIGHTS OF THE VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE

This year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is curated by Rem Koolhaas and takes the theme of Fundamentals. Located in the Giardini, the Arsenale and selected locations throughout the city of Venice, the event’s 14th edition is open to the public through 23 November 2014 presenting 65 National Participations. Among these, 10 countries are first-timers: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand, and Turkey.

2014 Venice Architecture Biennale offers three key components that inspire visitors to focus on certain themes and aspects of contemporary developments including a look back at earlier times.

Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014/ National Pavilions: For the first time, the national pavilions are invited to respond to a single theme. 65 countries examine key moments from a century of modernization. Together, the presentations start to reveal how diverse material cultures and political environments transformed a generic modernity into a specific one. Participating countries show, each in their own way, a radical splintering of modernities in a century where the homogenizing process of globalization appeared to be the master narrative.

Monditalia / Arsenale: This year Venice’s other biennales and festivals – Dance, Music, Theatre, Film – collaborate with architecture. In a moment of crucial political change, we decided to look at Italy as a “fundamental” country, completely unique but also emblematic of a global situation where many countries are balancing between chaos and a realization of their full potential. The Arsenale presents a scan of Italy, established by 82 films, 41 architectural projects, and a merger of architecture with la biennale’s dance, music, theatre, and film sections. Each project in Monditalia concerns unique and specific conditions but together form a comprehensive portrait of the host country

Elements of Architecture / Central Pavilions: This exhibition is the result of a two-year research studio with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and collaborations with a host of experts from industry and academia. Elements of Architecture looks under a microscope at the fundamentals of our buildings, used by any architect, anywhere, anytime: the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the façade, the balcony, the corridor, the fireplace, the toilet, the stair, the escalator, the elevator, the ramp. The exhibition is a selection of the most revealing, surprising, and unknown moments from a new book, Elements of Architecture, that reconstructs the global history of each element. It brings together ancient, past, current, and future versions of the elements in rooms that are each dedicated to a single element. To create diverse experiences, we have recreated a number of very different environments – archive, museum, factory, laboratory, mock-up, simulation.

Biennale Sessions: is a program for universities and a project taking place for the fifth consecutive year. After the extraordinary success of the previous editions, la Biennale offers for the 14th edition the “Biennale Sessions” program directed at universities, fine arts academies, and research and educational institutions in the fields of architecture, visual arts and other associations. The goal of the “Biennale Sessions” is to encourage visits to the exhibition by groups of at least 50 students and teachers who will be assisted in the organization of their journey and stay. They will be able to organize seminars in a space made available to them free of charge by la Biennale. As of today, 80 international universities have already signed up for the “Biennale Sessions”.

Meetings on Architecture: is organized by la Biennale and is complemented during the six months of Exhibition by a wide calendar of events, which will animate the Arsenale with seven stages. The “Weekend Specials” programme is conceived as part of the section Monditalia and is developed in several forms: documentary, workshop, conference, debate and performance. National Participations will match their Pavilions’ presences with a series of live talks, debates and movie projections, all parts of the “Freeports” programme, which will function as counterpart of the Weekend Specials in the Arsenale’s Corderie during the weekdays.

Contributions to this year calendar are also given by directors of Dance, Music, Theatre and Cinema sectors of la Biennale. They will develop part their Festivals and College programmes during the Exhibition, in order to represent essential elements of how architecture can intersect real life and complex spaces. In October the 3rd International Conference “Archives and Exhibitions” will be held.

Educational activities are addressed to individuals and groups of students from schools of all grades, universities and architecture schools, professionals, companies, experts, fans and families. The activities, conducted by selected staff trained by la Biennale di Venezia, are aimed at actively involving participants in both guided itineraries and workshop activities.



UPCOMING
ART & DESIGN FAIRS


ART BASEL 14 JUN/ 17 JUN
FRIEZE LONDON 04 OCT/ 07 OCT

FIAC PARIS18 OCT/ 21 OCT
PARIS PHOTO 08 NOV/ 11 NOV

SCOPE MIAMI 04 DEZ/ 09 DEZ
DESIGN MIAMI 05 DEZ/ 09 DEZ
ART BASEL MIAMI 04 DEZ/ 09 DEZ

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