A CHORAL RESEARCH ON ARCHITECTURE
The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, titled Fundamentals, directed by Rem Koolhaas and organized by la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, is open to the public from June 7 through November 23, 2014, in the Giardini and the Arsenale. The preview took place on June 5 and 6 and the award ceremony and inauguration on June 7.
65 National Participations will be exhibiting in the historic pavilions in the Giardini, the Arsenale, and the city of Venice. Among these, 10 countries will be participating in the Exhibition for the first time: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand, and Turkey.
This year the Italian Pavilion isbased in the Arsenale and organized by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities with PaBAAC (general direction for landscape, fine arts, architecture and contemporary art), and it is curated by Cino Zucchi. The title of the exhibition is Innesti/grafting.
22 official Collateral Events, approved by the Director of the International Exhibition and promoted by international institutions,hold their exhibitions and initiatives in various locations in the city.
“A Choral Research on Architecture!”, thus Paolo Baratta presents this year's edition:
“With Rem Koolhaas we have created an exceptional, research-centered Architecture Biennale. Rem has planned an event that involves all of Biennale’s sectors, along with a bevy of researchers.
“Absorbing Modernity 1914–2014 has been proposed for the contribution of all the pavilions, and they too are involved in a substantial part of the overall research project, whose title is Fundamentals.
“The history of the past one hundred years prelude to the Elements of Architecture section hosted in the Central Pavilion, where the curator offers the contemporary world those elements that should represent the reference points for the discipline: for the architects but also for its dialogue with clients and society.
Monditalia section in the Corderie with 41 research projects, reminds us of the complexity of this reality without complacency or prejudice, which is paradigmatic of what happens elsewhere in the world; complexities that must be deliberately experienced as sources of regeneration. Dance, Music, Theatre and Cinema with the programmes of our directors (Virgilio Sieni, Ivan Fedele, Àlex Rigola and Alberto Barbera) will participate in the life of the section, with debates and seminars along the six-month duration of the exhibition.”
Baratta concludes: “While information gains new tools and updating becomes simpler, it is those dangers of conformity and indifference that preoccupy us; indifference and conformity lead to passiveness and even extinguish the desire for art and architecture. A Biennale exhibition has the duty to oppose this; it has to know how to trip up this move towards conformity and revitalize those desires. Rediscovering “points” of reference to better express those desires is one of the ambitions of the present research, which is of course addressed to the professionals but looks to the general public above all.”
The inauguration and awards ceremony of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 7,in the Giardini at 11, with the conferral of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievements to Phyllis Lambert, and official awards assigned by the international Jury.
The preview days and major events held through the 14th Exhibition will be reported with a wide coverage composed by live-streaming, reports and video-interviews that will be available at www.labiennale.org.