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13th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia:
29 Aug - 25 Nov 2012
Events
12 Nov 2012 10:15 AM until 13 Nov 2012 1:00 PM
Symposium organized by ECAV Sierre
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Since the early 1990s, the Biennale of Architecture shares the national pavilions of the Giardini di Castello with the art exhibition. A legacy of 19th century World Fairs, the use of the pavilion as a site for exhibiting art and architecture becomes, during the 20th century, an issue of sensationalism in architecture, urban renewal and revision of national identity. Today, only World Fairs and the Venice art and architecture biennials have kept the national pavilions structure. In the case of the Venice Biennials, the system assumes particular connotations, firstly because of the situation in Venice, a “maquette-city” that is already an open-air architectural exhibition in itself, and secondly, because of the permanence of the national pavilions. Thus, in addition to showing the projects of the current edition, the Venice
Biennale is also a living archive of architecture as a form of cultural production.
The symposium aims at exploring the specificity, the anachronism and the potential of the pavilion as an exhibition site and archive for art and architecture, starting from the Venice Biennale and exploring other significant experiences. This is to analyse the hybrid position of the pavilion, and its double role of iconic architectural unit that exposes at the same time architecture, art and various discourses of national identity.
 
PROGRAM
 
MONDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2012
10h00 – 10h15 Welcome Sibylle Omlin, Federica Martini
10h15 – 11h00 Paul Ardenne: ART BIENNALS AND OTHER DOCUMENTAS: TOOLS FOR POSTDEMOCRATIC
PROPAGANDA?
11h00 – 11h45 Antoni Muntadas: POLITICS, NATIONS, PAVILIONS
12h00 – 14h00 Lunch break
14h00 – 14h45 Beat Wyss: THE GIARDINI OF VENICE. PLEA FOR AN UNTIMELY PLATFORM
14h45 – 15h30 Vittoria Martini: THE SPACE OF THE EXHIBITION: THE MULTI-CELLULARSTRUCTURE OF
THE VENICE BIENNALE
15h30 – 16h00 Coffee Break
16h00 – 17h00 Panel Discussion: Davide Fornari, reviewer, and speakers
 
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2012
10h00 – 10h15 Introduction: Federica Martini
10h15 – 11h00 Alfredo Jaar: IT IS DIFFICULT
11h00 – 11h45 Robert Ireland: PAVILIONS IN A GARDEN ON AN ISLAND
11h45 – 12h00 Coffee Break
12h00 – 13h00 Panel Discussion: Davide Fornari, reviewer, and speakers