Scenes from the Biennale

John Hill
24. May 2021
GERMANY: "2038: The New Serenity"; commissioned by Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community; curated by 2038 (initiated by Arno Brandlhuber, Olaf Grawert, Nikolaus Hirsch, Christopher Roth). (Photo © Flavia Rossi)

Germany emptied its pavilion, minus scannable QR codes; Spain filled its pavilion with thousands of papers suspended in space; the United States built a four-story, wood-framed installation in front of its neoclassical pavilion. Here we present some views of the national pavilions and the main exhibition, How will we live together?, that comprise the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The normally crowded vernissage and raucous openings were considerably smaller and more subdued than in previous years, obviously given the pandemic, but World-Architects nevertheless dispatched a small team to check out the exhibition curated by Hashim Sarkis and look at some of the national pavilions. More coverage of the twice-postponed Biennale is forthcoming — both on World-Architects and on our national platforms — but first we present some on-the-ground photographs of the six-month event that opened to the public on May 22 and runs until November 21, 2021

Giardini

AUSTRIA: "Platform Austria"; commissioned by Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport – Division Arts and Culture; curated by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
AUSTRIA: "Platform Austria"; commissioned by Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport – Division Arts and Culture; curated by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
GERMANY: "2038: The New Serenity"; commissioned by Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community; curated by 2038 (initiated by Arno Brandlhuber, Olaf Grawert, Nikolaus Hirsch, Christopher Roth). (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
SPAIN: "Uncertainty"; commissioned by Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA), State Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Acción Cultural Española (AC/E); curated by Domingo Jacobo González Galván, Sofía Piñero Rivero, Andrzej Gwizdala, Fernando Herrera Pérez. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
SWITZERLAND: "Oræ – Experiences on the Border"; commissioned by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (Madeleine Schuppli, Sandi Paucic, Rachele Giudici Legittimo); curated/exhibited by Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Pierre Szczepski. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: "American Framing"; commissioned/curated by Paul Andersen, Paul Preissner. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: "American Framing"; commissioned/curated by Paul Andersen, Paul Preissner. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)

Arsenale

How will we live together?: "Alive: A New Spatial Contract for Multispecies Architecture" by The Living (David Benjamin). (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
How will we live together?: "Interwoven" by leonmarcial arquitectos (Alexia Leon, Lucho Marcial). (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
How will we live together?: "Inhabiting New Tectonics" contribution by Gramazio Kohler Architects / NCCR DFAB (Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler). (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
How will we live together?: "Cooperative Housing That Builds Community" by Lacol (Ariadna Artigas, Mirko Gegundez, Lali Daví, Pol Massoni, Anna Clemente, Cristina Gamboa, Núria Vila, Jordi Miró, Ernest Garriga, Eliseu Arrufat, Laura Lluch, Lluc Hernandez, Arnau Andrés, Carles Baiges). (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
How will we live together?: "Living Within a Market: Plateau Central Collective Housing and Market" by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT (Benedetta Tagliabue). (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
How will we live together?: "As Emerging Communities" contribution by ELEMENTAL (Alejandro Aravena, Victor Oddó, Gonzalo Arteaga, Diego Torres, Juan Cerda). (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
ITALY: "Resilient Communities"; commissioned by Onofrio Cutaia, Direttore Generale Creatività Contemporanea, Ministero della Cultura; curated by Alessandro Melis. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
ITALY: "Resilient Communities"; commissioned by Onofrio Cutaia, Direttore Generale Creatività Contemporanea, Ministero della Cultura; curated by Alessandro Melis. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN: "Mahalla: Urban Rural Living"; commissioned by Art and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan; curated by Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)

Beyond

Collateral Event: "Air/Aria/Aire _Catalonia in Venice"; commissioned by Institut Ramon Llull; curated by Olga Subirós. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
Collateral Event: "Air/Aria/Aire _Catalonia in Venice"; commissioned by Institut Ramon Llull; curated by Olga Subirós. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
Collateral Event: "Air/Aria/Aire _Catalonia in Venice"; commissioned by Institut Ramon Llull; curated by Olga Subirós. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)
REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN: "Mahalla: Urban Rural Living"; commissioned by Art and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan; curated by Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein. (Photo © Flavia Rossi)

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