Here a small selection of some of the most interesting projects that can’t be missed you if visit Venice (open until 24th of november 2013, closed on mondays) – www.labiennale.orgIn 1955, Marino Auriti filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history. This is the starting point of curator Massimiliano Gioni.
The Spanish Pavilion curated by Octavio Zaya hosts the work of Lara Almarcegui and informs us about the relationship between our past and our future. “Almarcegui has been working at the boundary between urban regeneration and decay” Comment Zaya. “The Zaragoza born artist unravels our understanding of inhabiting by showing the inarticulate, bare materials of which the pavilion building is made”. Almarcegui site specific project uncovers the products of recycling that they use and that they themselves, in turn, end up becoming, to get us closer to the inherently entropic nature of civilization.
The Japanese Pavilion is made recycling the materials form 2012 edition (Venice Biennale of Architecture) and it is set as if it is still under construction. The exhibiton curated by Koki Tanaka includes videos, photos and pictures but also simple items that have been used to reconstruct a house destroyed by the tsunami two years ago. The exhibition conveys a strong message: the power of a city resides in the collaboration, the will to help and human affection of the citizens themselves.
The Danish Pavilion guests a video-installation by Jesper Just. The artist filmes how immigrants from China and Africa leave and transform Parisian architecture according to their new and different needs.
The US Pavilion guested Triple Point, Sara Sze site specific installation curated by Carey Lovelace and Holly Block. The project challenges the Palladian architecture of the US pavilion and colonize peripheral spaces. Since the 1990s, Sarah Sze has developed a sculptural aesthetic that transforms space through radical shifts in scale, engaging with the history of a building, and altering the viewer’s perception and experience of architecture through large scale site-specific interventions.
Alfredo Jaar (Chile Pavilion) reflects upon the urban plan of Giardini, one of the mail areas of the Biennale, that host today only a small part of the national pavilions. Today there are so many countries taking part at the International exhibition and they can’t fit all in Giardini and Arsenale. The artist recreated a 1:60 model of Giardini area and let it sink and reemerge from murky waters to convey a message of what Biennale was 100 years ago when it was built but also what Biennale represent to all the world.
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