Open Call: Represent Estonia at the 2016 Venice Biennale

The Estonian Centre of Architecture has launched its two-stage public international curator competition to decide Estonia’s project at the next Venice Biennale. The first stage of the competition will close August 31, 2015, with three proposals moving onto a second stage and the winner being announced on November 10, 2015. Proposals are open to art theorists, art historians, architects, designers, interior designers, historians or curators of fields related to architecture. Entries must be in either Estonian or English and international entries are expected to include team members familiar with Estonian architecture. Although the general theme of the 15th Venice Biennale has not been revealed yet the proposal should reflect current global issues and important aspects of the ideas and practice of modern Estonian architecture.

"What would inspire the interest of the architecture audience that gathers in Venice this time? Probably projects that have the ability to both spot global patterns and visualize them through the lens of the Estonian context, the Estonian exposition. In other words, a novel focus of the topic and a high level of research make a strong proposal," says jury member Veronika Valk, who is an adviser on architecture and design at the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

This will mark the eighth Estonian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Past projects include 2014’s, “Interspace,” which focused on public space as the meeting of an official ideology and its personal interpretations (curated by Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Siim Tuksam); and 2008’s, “Gas Pipe,” a life-size gas-pipe-shaped installation extending from the Russian to German pavilion (curated by Maarja Kask and Ralf Lõoke from Salto Architects, sculptor Neeme Külm and architecture historian Ingrid Ruudi).

The competition and the Estonian exhibition at the 15th Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition are organized by the Estonian Centre of Architecture in co-operation with the Union of Estonian Architects and with support from Estonian Ministry of Culture and Estonian Cultural Endowment.

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Cite: Eric Oh. "Open Call: Represent Estonia at the 2016 Venice Biennale" 23 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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