I have recently returned from the opening of the Biennale of Architecture in Venice, which was curated this year by Aaron Betsky. The exhibition, entitled ‘Out There’ was showing installations focussed on creating architecture and environments ‘without buildings ‘.
The official opening was on Sunday, the 14th of September, but I spent the previous three days of the pre-opening vernissage thanks to my friend Marcin Szczelina who was Betsky’s assistant at this year’s Biennale.
As it is every year, Biennale is divided into two main locations: the Arsenale with exhibition ‘Architecture beyond building’ and the Giardini della Biennale showing the world ‘Experimental Architecture’ in national pavilions. Worth mentioning is fact that Polish Pavilion was awarded with the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
Many of the thematic presentations of various countries in their national pavilions were largely focused on climate/sustainability, landscapes (both urban and natural), alternative energy, and the modern city. Similar subjects were presented with the installations shown in Arsenale.
I will post more photographs and information soon as it was a lot to take in.
I’m starting with photos of a beautiful Nordic Pavilion by Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn. He designed this pavilion in 1962, at that time he was in the avant-garde of reconciling building with nature.The pavilion is now the venue for a retrospective of his career. Worth mentioning is fact that in 1997 Sverre Fehn was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.