Venice 2018 – Titled RCR – Dream & Nature, the exhibition of Catalonia Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale explores how “NATURE written in capital letters is and has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration both personally and architecturally.” Explain Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigen and Ramón Vilalta, founders of Pritzker Prize awarded studio RCR Arquitectes. “In Venice we present our dreams, unknown and unpublished until now.”
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The exhibition offers also an alternative way to narrate architecture. “Since the Pritzker Prize , RCR’s professional sphere is more public than ever. But here we introduce Rafael, Carme and Ramón’s most intimate universe”. Explains Pati Nunez, co-curator with Estel Ortega.
RCR – Dream & Nature is divided in two sections. In the ‘thresold’ RCR’s previous works are presented in a dark environment referring to that secret and ambiguous zone where we lingers before we fall asleep.
Then the dream arrives – a more profound state of sleep. Visitors walk into a cave of light and movement. A fragmented and mysterious environment reveals images, drawings and inspirations of LA VILA, one of the studio’s latest projects. Hundreds of magnified-glass raindrops distort reality “allowing each person to construct their unique experience, just like in a dream,” says co-curator Estel Ortega. “The intention is that those who visit the space at Biennale feel an immense draw to get to know La Vila”.
RCR – Dream & Nature is a project by the Institut Ramon Lull – a consortium comprising the Catalonia Government, the Balearic Government and the Barcelona City Council.
• Catalonia Pavilion is located on the Isle of San Pietro in Castello, 3 bridges away and 4 minutes walk from the back exit of Arsenale [Map].
All photos by © Giuseppe Dall’Arche, courtesy of the Catalonia Pavilion.
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