The Biennale Architettura:
In the history of La Biennale di Venezia, architecture as a department emerged after slipping into the Art Exhibition with Vittorio Gregotti in 1975 and then into the Theatre department with Aldo Rossi, who in 1979 created the Teatro del Mondo. In 1980, an independent section was set up, even though Paolo Portoghesi’s exhibition on the “Strada Novissima” was still part of the International Art Exhibition of that year. Various exhibitions followed one another, curated by Portoghesi himself, including “The architecture of Islamic countries” (20 November 1982 – 6 January 1983), and “Progetto Venezia”, curated by Aldo Rossi (20 July – 29 September 1985). In 1986, Aldo Rossi curated an exhibition dedicated to Hendrik Petrus Berlage during the year of the Art Exhibition. In 1991, with Francesco Dal Co, La Biennale organised the first exhibition to include the added contributions of the pavilions of the participating countries (but the exhibition lasted less than thirty days). Architecture was confirmed as a self-standing department in the Biennale di Venezia’s statute of 1998, when the institution was reformed.