Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.
Curated by Eva Madshus, the exhibition presents original material related to the pavilion, such as sketches, competition drafts, and preparatory drawings. The exhibited drawings and the photos by Ferruzzi have been selected from Fehn’s personal archives, which were incorporated into the National Museum’s collections in 2008. The exhibition also features publications that write about the pavilion, as well as information about the architecture competition in 1958 and the pavilion’s usage at the Venice Biennale since completion.
The Norwegian exhibition is being presented contemporaneously to the Scandinavian contribution to the 2014 Venice Biennale, FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models. This exhibition investigates and documents how modern Nordic architecture became an integral part of Nordic aid to East Africa during the 1960s and 1970s, and presents architectural projects that were developed during these brief, hectic years and that have been largely overlooked ever since. Find out more on ArchDaily here.