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Venice Biennale 2012: Mexico Pavilion restores Venetian Church

Church of San Lorenzo
Church of San Lorenzo

One of the main idea’s behind the 2012 Venice Biennale’s “Common Ground” theme, as stated by director David Chipperfield, is “to reinforce our understanding of architectural culture, and to emphasize the philosophical and practical continuities that define it”. With the exhibition “Culture Under Construction | The Collectivity of Cultural Space”, Mexico aims to develop an understanding of the distinct contribution that architecture can make to define the collectivity of cultural spaces while strengthening the connection between existing buildings and emerging architecture. Mexico will exhibit thirteen projects that reveal the significance of contemporary Mexican culture of architecture in one of the most emblematic buildings in Venice, the Church of San Lorenzo, which they will restore as a contribution to Venice’s built heritage. Continue reading to learn more.

In an agreement with the Venice Comune, the Church of San Lorenzo will become a permanent home for Mexico’s work in future art and architecture biennales over the next nine years. Although the space is not yet in a safe condition to allow visitors, individuals will be invited to view the ongoing restoration from the entrance. Curated by Miguel Adrià, the list of works and architects exhibited will include: 1. City of books and the image. Master plan (Alejandro Sánchez + Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta ) / José Luis Martínez Library (Alejandro Sánchez) / Castro Leal Library (Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta) / García Terrés Library, arquitectura 911sc (Jose Castillo + Saidee Springall) / Monsiváis Library (JSa / Javier Sánchez + Aisha Ballesteros) / Library for the Blind (Taller de Arquitectura / Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo) / Alí Chumacero Library (José Vigil + Jorge Calvillo) / Center for the Image (Isaac Broid) / Offices (Tatiana Bilbao S.C)

Church of San Lorenzo
Church of San Lorenzo

2. National Cineteque XXI Century / rojkind arquitectos (Michel Rojkind + Gerardo Salinas)

Library for the Blind (Taller de Arquitectura / Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo)
Library for the Blind (Taller de Arquitectura / Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo)

3. Spanish Cultural Center (arquitectura 911sc (Jose Castillo + Saidee Springall) / JSa (Javier Sánchez)

National Cineteque XXI Century / rojkind arquitectos (Michel Rojkind + Gerardo Salinas)
National Cineteque XXI Century / rojkind arquitectos (Michel Rojkind + Gerardo Salinas)

4. Elena Garro Cultural Center/ Fernanda Canales + Saidee Springall

Spanish Cultural Center (arquitectura 911sc (Jose Castillo + Saidee Springall) / JSa (Javier Sánchez)
Spanish Cultural Center (arquitectura 911sc (Jose Castillo + Saidee Springall) / JSa (Javier Sánchez)

5. Kurimanzutto Gallery / TAX (Alberto Kalach)

Elena Garro Cultural Center/ Fernanda Canales + Saidee Springall
Elena Garro Cultural Center/ Fernanda Canales + Saidee Springall

6. La Tallera Siqueiros, Cuernavaca (Frida Escobedo)

Kurimanzutto Gallery / TAX (Alberto Kalach)
Kurimanzutto Gallery / TAX (Alberto Kalach)

7. San Pablo Cultural Center, Oaxaca / Taller de Arquitectura (Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo)

La Tallera Siqueiros, Cuernavaca (Frida Escobedo) © Rafael Gamo
La Tallera Siqueiros, Cuernavaca (Frida Escobedo) © Rafael Gamo

8. Amparo Museum, Puebla / TEN Arquitectos (Enrique Norten)

San Pablo Cultural Center, Oaxaca / Taller de Arquitectura (Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo)
San Pablo Cultural Center, Oaxaca / Taller de Arquitectura (Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo)

9. Rufino Tamayo Museum / Teodoro González de León

Amparo Museum, Puebla / TEN Arquitectos (Enrique Norten)
Amparo Museum, Puebla / TEN Arquitectos (Enrique Norten)

10. San Luis Potosí Arts Center / Alejandro Sánchez

Rufino Tamayo Museum / Teodoro González de León
Rufino Tamayo Museum / Teodoro González de León

11. Labyrinth Museum of Arts and Sciences / Legorreta + Legorreta

San Luis Potosí Arts Center / Alejandro Sánchez)
San Luis Potosí Arts Center / Alejandro Sánchez)

12. Botanical Garden, Culiacán / Tatiana Bilbao S.C

Labyrinth Museum of Arts and Sciences / Legorreta + Legorreta © Allen Vallejo
Labyrinth Museum of Arts and Sciences / Legorreta + Legorreta © Allen Vallejo

13. Republic Square / Autoridad del Espacio Público (Felipe Leal + Daniel Escotto)

Botanical Garden, Culiacán / Tatiana Bilbao S.C
Botanical Garden, Culiacán / Tatiana Bilbao S.C

Exhibition: Culture under Construction: The Collectivity of Cultural Space Venue: Ex-Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Campo San Lorenzo, Venice, Italy Commissioner: Gastón Ramírez Feltrín Curator: Miquel Adrià Organization: National Fine Arts Institute; National Council for Culture and the Arts Producing Institutions: México: National Fine Arts Institute. Italy: Green Spin s.r.l. Vicenza – Venice Dates: 8/29 - 11/25/2012 Official Opening: 8/27/2012 Preview: 7/27 - 7/28/2012, open from 10:00 to 20:00 Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 - Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays)

Republic Square / Autoridad del Espacio Público (Felipe Leal + Daniel Escotto)
Republic Square / Autoridad del Espacio Público (Felipe Leal + Daniel Escotto)

Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "Venice Biennale 2012: Mexico Pavilion restores Venetian Church" 17 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/264215/venice-biennale-2012-mexico-pavilion-restores-venetian-church/>