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La Biennale di Venezia
Venice, 20.05 - 26.11 2023

Biennale Architettura 2023

18th International Architecture Exhibition
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The Biennale Architettura 2023 was open from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 26 November (pre-opening 18 and 19 May), curated by academic, educator and best-selling novelist Lesley Lokko, who has commented: “Architects have a unique opportunity to put forward ambitious and creative ideas that help us imagine a more equitable and optimistic future in common”.

Lesley Lokko is the founder of the African Futures Institute, established in Accra, Ghana, in 2020 as a postgrad school of architecture and public events platform. In 2015 she founded the Graduate School of Architecture in Johannesburg. She has taught in the UK, in the US, Europe, Australia and Africa. She is the recipient of a number of awards for contributions to architectural education.




A six-month programme of public events from May to November 2023

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The Laboratory of the Future

The Laboratory of the Future is an exhibition in six parts. It includes 89 Participants, over half of whom are from Africa or the African Diaspora. The gender balance is 50/50, and the average age of all Participants is 43, dropping to 37 in the Curator’s Special Projects, where the youngest is 24.

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Special Participations

These three Special Participations are located at the Arsenale: filmmaker Amos Gitaï; architecture’s first poet laureate Rhael 'LionHeart' Cape, Hon FRIBA and photographer James Morris.

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National Participations

All the countries that will be showcased at the Biennale Architettura 2023

Participating Countries will be exhibited in the Pavilions at Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice. Niger participates for the first time at the Biennale Architettura; Panama participates for the first time with its own Pavilion. The Holy See returns to the Biennale Architettura.

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Collateral Events

9 Events in the city

Exhibitions and initiatives promoted by non-profit national and international bodies and institutions, that take place in various locations in Venice.

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