Remarks by the President of la Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta< Back
01 | 25 | 2013
- We are universally recognized as the most important event in the world for Architecture;
- We are the place where Architecture talks about itself and meets life and society at large;
- In recent years we have involved an increasing number of architecture schools from around the world;
- Over the past few years, our choices of curators and themes have been based on the awareness of the gap between the “spectacularization” of architecture on the one hand, and the waning capacity of society to express its demands and its needs on the other hand; architects are called upon prevalently to create awe-inspiring buildings and the “ordinary” is going astray, towards banality if not squalor: a modernity lived bad.
- We have made choices oriented towards addressing the issue of this gap;
- At the culmination of this process we have asked Rem Koolhaas to engage himself in an original research project;
- The Exhibition is also evolving in the way it is organized. Born as an “imitation” of the Art Exhibition and developed to “invite” architects to bring us their installations, just like for the Art Biennale, it is evolving into a major Exhibition-research project conducted directly by the curator (who is in fact appointed as the director of the Architecture sector of the Biennale);
- There is also a change in the relationship between the International Exhibition curated by the Director of the Biennale and the national participations, in the part of the Exhibition organized in the pavilions. The countries are offered the opportunity for a better integration into this research project;
- The Exhibition will be enhanced by an increasing number of activities throughout its duration, with workshops and seminars that enrich it as an active-Exhibition;
- For this reason we have decided to anticipate the opening date to the 7th of June and to make the Exhibition last as long as the Art Exhibition (about 6 months);
- For this reason we appointed the curator earlier and moved up the date of the first meeting of the countries (10 months ahead of the standard schedule) in order to involve them from the very beginning and before they appoint their own curators.