Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

Aircraft Carrier: The Textile Compound, Tel Aviv by Fernando Guerra; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier

This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and will feature a pavilion from called “Aircraft Carrier”.  The collected work confronts the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.  The curators of the exhibit, Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that epitomize these changes:  Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas.  The curators invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architectural photographers to reflect on these ideas.  Participants include Assaf Evron, Fernando Guerra, Florian Holzherr, , and Jan Tichy and product designer Tal Erez.

Stop by after the break to see some of the work to be featured as part of “Aircraft Carrier”.

Aircraft Carrier: Scenario by Nira Pereg; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier

The artists and photographers chosen for the exhibit collaborated with Tal Erez to create a sophisticated take on commercial merchandise stores, making thirty something products – each one representing a key event in the Israeli-American relations.  In an architectural and social view, the exhibit brings a historical perspective to the development of Israel’s cultural and economic growth.  The archived materials, mixed with commissioned artwork and custom-made products demonstrates the dramatic shift of Israel from socialist welfare state into a capitalist booming market is expressed and enabled by Israeli architecture.

Aircraft Carrier: Untitled (Tel Aviv) by Asaf Evron; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier
Aircraft Carrier: Azrieli Center, Tel Aviv by Fernando Guerra; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier
Disposal Demo’s by Tal Erez; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier
Carrier Ring by Tal Erez; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier
Aircraft Carrier Section; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier

See other work to be exhibited at the 2012 Venice Biennale here.

Cite: "Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion" 24 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Todd Reije

    looking great. where can you find more materials?

  • Sean Lyons

    fatuous nonesense overlaying an obtuse and tenuous political relationship

    • gidieon

      seems like someone’s been consulting the dictionary upon commenting