A History of the Venice Architecture Biennale

The Corderie at the Arsenale © ArchDaily

For over a century, the (La Biennale di Venezia) has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The avant-garde institution has remained at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends, while leading international events in the field of contemporary arts that are amongst the most important of their kind. Over the past thirty years, the Biennale has given growing importance to the Architecture Exhibition, which is still a young component of the Biennale considering that its first exhibition was held in 1975. Today, the Venice Biennale captures a multitude of interest from around the globe and attracts over 370,000 international visitors.

Before the festivities of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale begin tomorrow, read up on the origin of this highly acclaimed international exhibition.

A timeline history of the Venice Architecture Biennale:

Wim Wenders to make 3D Documentary on Architecture

© European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari, 2010

Since Wim Wenders’s new documentary “Pina” hit the theaters this month, the online world hasn’t stopped talking about the German film director’s plan to create a 3D documentary film on architecture. In a recent interview with the Documentary Channel, Wenders revealed his plans stating, “I have actually already started a long-term project, another documentary in 3D. It will take several years, but it’s going to be about architecture. I have always wanted to do a film about architecture, and I have a lot of architect friends. But that is another subject I never really knew how to approach with film. I realized through PINA that architecture is something that could have a real affinity to this medium. We started shooting already, but it’s at the very, very beginning. That’s going to be my next documentary project in 3D, but I would definitely also do a narrative film in the future in 3D as well.”

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Video: XVII Chilean Biennale

Visual artist Nicolás Rupcich shared with us this great video from the XVII Chilean Biennale designed by Emilio Marín.

Project Manager: Juan Carlos López
Collaborators: Claudio Viñuela, Rodrigo Fernández, Alessandra dal Mos
Audio Installation: Rodrigo Araya, Nicolás Rupcich

Video Credits:

Recording and Editing: Nicolás Rupcich
Camera Assistant: Rodrigo Lobos
Audio: Rodrigo Araya, Nicolás Rupcich

Video: 12th International Architecture Biennale of Venice 2010

In the last week of the largest architectural event in the world (running through Sunday, November 21st), here is a video compilation of the 12th International Architecture Biennale of 2010. Featuring such prominent architects as Dominique Perrault (DPA), Bjarke Ingels (), Tony Fretton (TFA), and Christian Kerez, this video is definetly worth a look.

With the title People mee in architecture, Biennale director Kazuyo Sejima believes that, “the 2010 Architecture Biennale should be a reflection on architecture. The twenty-first century has just started. Many radical changes are taking place. In such a rapid-changing context, can architecture clarify new values and a new lifestyle for the present? Hopefully, this show will be a chance to experience the manifold possibilities of architecture, as well as to account for its plurality of approaches, each one of them being a different way of living”. ”In the end, we would be happy if, thanks to this exhibition, we could feel where our society might be going, what dreams the future might hold for us.” ”The idea is to help people relate to architecture, to help architecture relate to people, and to help people relate to themselves”

We have many previously published articles about the Biennale of Venice, and you can start by look here.

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Egyptian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale

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Architects Ahmed Mito, Kamel Loqman, Hisham Alaa and artists Ayman Lotfy, Ahmed Refat, Niveen Farghaly, and Amer Abdelhakemrecently took part of the prestigious La Biennale di Venezia where they presented their work for the Egyptian Pavilion. Images and the architects description after the break.

Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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The Austrian Exhibition at the Austria Pavilion for the Biennale di Venezia 2010 is designed and curated by Eric Owen Moss. More images after the break.

Romanian Pavilion at Venice Biennale

1:1 es the exhibition space for the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The project was designed by architects Romina Grillo, Ciprian Răşoiu, Liviu Vasiu, Matei Vlăsceanu and Tudor Vlăsceanu. Images and architect’s description after the break.

More photos from the Venice Biennale


A couple of weeks ago we showed you some photos of the Biennale by Marco Zanta. Today, photographer Patricia Parinejad sent us more pictures from different installations at the Biennale. Check them after the break.

Territorial Dissonances / NOVAE Architecture

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NOVAE Architecture has been recently selected as one of the 10 Young Italian Architects under 35 at the “Architects Meet at Fuori ”, for the Venice Biennale. For the event, they presented their project “Teritorial Dissonances”. More images and architect’s description after the break.

4am by dePaor Architects at Venice Biennale

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dePaor Architects present a folly in pleated linen and lavendered softwood, called “4am”, in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Giardini of Venice. The project constructs a liminal space, between two bespoke subject objects, as a domestic shadowplay.


We’re so happy to share this video BIG passed along to us highlighting their contribution to the 2010 Venice Biennale.  Entitled the LOOP City, the exhibition focuses on a new Metro loop that become the catalyst for development for the cross border region as different programs grow around the new stations.  The loop will connect areas around the Øresund Strait in a sustainable spine of public transport, energy exchange and electric car infrastructure.   The design introduces a new “vein of true urbanity” that will weave it was through the suburbs.  This new loop will create a new realm by uniting specific points, yet activating each interstitial segment.

More about the project after the break.

Luma Park / Frank O. Gehry

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Photographer Patricia Parinejad sent us great pictures of Frank O. Gehry’s building for LUMA at the Parc des Ateliers, which was presented by The Luma Foundation at the Venice Biennale.  The project will be located in the centre of Arles, France. See many more images after the break.

French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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Photographer Patricia Parinejad shared with us some photos of the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture. You can see more images after the break.

Update from the Venice Biennale by Marco Zanta

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Italian photographer Marco Zanta shared with us some great photographs of the exhibitions currently showed at the .

Update: 12th International Architecture Exhibition Venice

Designed by Junya Ishigami + Associates © designboom

Continuing our coverage of Kazuyo Sejima’s exciting 2010 Venice Biennale, the International Jury of the exhibition has recently awarded a Golden Lion for the best project of the ‘People Meet in Architecture’ Exhibit to Junya Ishigami+ Associates, a Golden Lion for the best National Participation to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and a Silver Lion for a promising young participant to OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen + Bas Princen.  We’ve featured Ishigami + Associates’ work previously on AD, and his exhibit explores similar ideas about transparency and structure evident in his elegantly simplistic Kanagawa Institute of Technology.

More about the project, including a video from Domus about Ishigami’s project and beliefs.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects at the Venice Biennale

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects shared with us their exhibition at the , showing two buildings with a similar size are located in two different contexts. A light grey concrete piece rests in the middle of a natural scene. A cooper oxide green concrete prism stands in the middle of a suburban setting. Two opposite conditions which are presented by a disproportionate relationship between figure and background. The proposed constructions are reproduced as small sculptural models. The landscape is recorded in a huge panoramic backlight photograph. The objects, autonomous from their location, seem insignificant in front of the monumental effort of trying to capture most of the details and complexities of the surroundings.

Hungarian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

© Patricia Parinejad

Last week we featured some photographs Patricia Parinejad shared with us of the Russian Pavilion for the Venice . Now she sent us the Hungarian , where architects created some really nice spaces with an interesting use of wood pencils hanging from the ceiling.

“AILATI. Reflections from the future” an exhibition at the Venice Biennale

The Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities, with the PaBAAC – General Direction for the landscape, fine arts, architecture and contemporary art – and the Biennale di Venezia present AILATI. Reflections from the future, an exhibition conceived by Luca Molinari for the Padiglione Italia at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, where Studio Tamassociati will present his work in the category “Socially aware design”.

AILATI.Reflections from the future is a play on words, a reversal of the country’s name that opens up a new reading of contemporary architecture in an original and sideways glance at objects, reality and designs (in English, the title would be YLATI). The exhibition offers a bold, knowledge-led haven for reflections of the future delivered to us by reality on a daily basis; the resources upon which Italian architecture will draw to forge new forms of identity and development.

For more information on the exhibition, click here.