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Biennale Works in Progress

On the occasion of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition (August 29 - November 21, 2010), La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, reopened the Sala delle Colonne and completed the restoration of Ca’ Giustinian, its historic home near San Marco. The inauguration took place on Wednesday, 25 August at 11 am.

Biennale, the renewed venues

The exhibition La Biennale works in progress. Eleven years: realized and ongoing projects was held at the Portego of Ca’ Giustinian (ground floor) and illustrated the projects carried out by La Biennale di Venezia for its offices in the last eleven years, as well as ongoing projects.
Since the Arsenale recovery, used for the first time throughout its extension on the occasion of the 48th International Art Exhibition in 1999, the project of the new Italian Pavilion at the Arsenale and the transformation of the Central Pavilion at Giardini, the exhibition illustrated the restoration of Ca’ Giustinian and the completion of the ASAC (the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts). The latter has undergone a reorganization over the last few years, which foresees, on the one hand, the maintenance of the Vega's headquarters in Marghera for the preservation and consultation of the Historic Fund, and on the other, the New Biennale Library - ASAC placed in a completely restored wing of the Central Pavilion at Giardini, inaugurated on Friday 27 August.

The Special Event of the Architecture Biennale

In addition, the Special Event of the 2010 Architecture Biennale, LUMA / Parc des Ateliers, Frank O. Gehry and Gehry Partners, LLP was hosted in the Sala delle Colonne at Ca’ Giustinian. This is an architectural project for a new cultural model located in the center of Arles, France (Open to the public: August 29 - September 11, 2010)

Three large plastics and explanatory panels show the LUMA / Parc des Ateliers (Arles, France) designed by Frank O. Gehry for the Swiss foundation LUMA. The LUMA / Parc des Ateliers will be a multifaceted cultural park dedicated to the production of art and ideas: the general approach is that of an archipelago of interconnected spaces devoted to the design, creation and exhibition of artistic creations. A place that encourages collaborative research, but also meetings and informal exchanges. The complex, which offers artists and scholars an excellent framework for research and experimentation as well as for the production and display of their works, also provides new ways of collecting and archiving. The park will host festivals, educational programs and residential stays for artists. For these reasons, the Special Event is fully inserted in the context of the 12. Show directed by Kazuyo Sejima, titled People meet in architecture.