Un peu d'histoire
In the history of La Biennale di Venezia, architecture carved out a place for itself within the International Art Exhibition first with Vittorio Gregotti in 1975, and then as part of the Theatre section with Aldo Rossi, who in 1979 created the "Teatro del Mondo". In 1980 the International Architecture Exhibition became an independent section, although Paolo Portoghesi's exhibition on "La Strada Novissima" was still a part of that year's International Art Exhibition. Several exhibitions followed, also curated by Portoghesi, including "L’architettura dei paesi islamici" (20 November 1982 - 6 January 1983); "Progetto Venezia" curated by Aldo Rossi (20 July - 29 September 1985). The following year, in 1986, Aldo Rossi curated an exhibition devoted to Hendrik Petrus Berlage that was held during the year of the International Art Exhibition. In 1991, when Francesco Dal Co came along, La Biennale organized the first exhibition enriched with Pavilions of participating countries (lasting under 30 days, however).
La Biennale’s statute finally confirmed architecture as an independent sector with the 1998 reform.