16th International Architecture Exhibition

16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia

26 May - 25 November 2018
Preview: 24 and 25 May


Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

International Exhibition

The exhibition will develop from the Central Pavilion at the Giardini to the Arsenale, and will include 71 participants.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have used their Manifesto, issued in June 2017, as a reference point for putting this exhibition together. As the first point they wrote:
FREESPACE describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself. Freespace focuses on architecture’s ability to provide free and additional spatial gifts to those who use it and on its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers.
see the complete Manifesto

FREESPACE includes two Special Sections:

Close Encounter
16 participants with works that originate in a reflection on well-known buildings of the past. With regard to this section the Curators explained they have discovered "invention and creativity at the micro and macro scales historic buildings liberated by the intelligence of the architects; forgotten buildings re-visited and brought to life; transformative typologies of habitation; infrastructural needs translated into public and civic facilities."

The Practice of Teaching
13 participants with projects developed as part of teaching experiences. The Curators wrote about this section: "A key component in attending to the continuity of tradition in architecture is the practice of teaching. Many of the invited practitioners are actively engaged in teaching. The world of making and building merges with the imaginative world that is highlighted within the Exhibition."

Central Pavilion, Giardini

National Participations
65 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice.
7 countries are participating for the first time: Antigua & Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan and the Holy See.
see the complete list

Collateral Events
Selected exhibitions and initiatives, promoted by non-profit national and international institutions.


Two Special Projects:

Forte Marghera Special Project
In Mestre, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. An installation by architects Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson, also built to host a series of events scheduled in Forte Marghera.

Applied Arts Pavilion
Sale d’Armi in the Arsenale, curated by Christopher Turner and Olivia Horsfall Turner. The project reflects upon the future of social housing by presenting a fragment of the social housing estate, Robin Hood Gardens, which was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in East London and completed in 1972.
Renewed for the third consecutive year, the collaboration between La Biennale and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has made possible this exhibition.

(From press information)

Organizer, contact:
La Biennale di Venezia
Settore Architettura
Ca' Giustinian
San Marco 1364/A
30124 Venezia, Italy
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Giardini and Arsenale, opening times:
26 May - 25 November 2018:
Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm
Arsenale until 29 Sept.: Fri, Sat 10 am - 8 pm
Closed on Mondays - except 28 May, 13 Aug., 3 Sept., 19 Nov.
Ticket prices - see Visitors information

More information and tickets:
Website of La Biennale di Venezia

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