David Chipperfield is the new director of the Venice Biennale 2012

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London-based architect David Chipperfield has been officially named as the new curator for the Venice Biennale 2012, the world’s largest architecture exhibition. More information after the break.

Chipperfield says:

‘Participants will be encouraged through a declaration of affinities to make connections with other authors and other works. These dialogues and collaborations may involve a common proposal or a dialogue between projects even as a dialogue of provocation. In this way we wish to demonstrate the existence of a rich culture of architectural practice and research, stimulated by the work of other disciplines but defined by shared enthusiasms and concerns at a time when the singular works of architects are celebrated but the role of the profession and our place within society is continuously challenged.’

Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale, comments on the board’s selection:

‘After a series of exhibitions that illustrated the many different ways of approaching the theme of architecture in the contemporary era (sociological, technological, urban), it appeared useful to turn to an architect who demonstrates great interest in architecture as a discipline and raises questions about the elements of which it is composed, about the objectives it pursues, about the constraints that affect it, about the tools that it uses to shape places, spaces, buildings. the next architecture exhibition will be characterized by the emphasis on a series of relationships that connect great architects and younger generations that refer to them.’

Seen at designboom.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "David Chipperfield is the new director of the Venice Biennale 2012" 29 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=196230>