Architecture on Display: On the History of the Venice Architecture Biennale
Vittorio Gregotti, Paolo Portoghesi, Francesco Dal Co, Hans Hollein, Massimiliano Fuksas, Deyan Sudjic, Kurt W Forster, Richard Burdett, Aaron Betsky, Kazuyo Sejima, and Paolo Baratta in conversation,
With the Architectural Association, London
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, 30124 Venezia
Slought Foundation is pleased to announce "Architecture on Display," a new publication on the history of the Venice Architecture Biennale to be published by the Architectural Association, London. A reception celebrating its release will take place on Friday, August 27, 2010 from 11am-1pm at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy.
Past directors of the Venice Architecture Biennale—including Aaron Betsky, Richard Burdett, Francesco Dal Co, and Hans Hollein—will be present at the reception, along with Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association, and editors Aaron Levy of the Slought Foundation and William Menking of The Architect's Newspaper. This event is free and open to the public; click here to download a pamphlet advertising the book launch. It is presented in conjunction with Beyond Entropy, an Architectural Association Research Cluster project and collateral event of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.
The publication Architecture on Display features an unprecedented series of interviews that editors Aaron Levy and William Menking have conducted with each of the living directors of the Venice Biennale for Architecture, including Vittorio Gregotti, Paolo Portoghesi, Francesco Dal Co, Kurt Foster, Massimiliano Fuksas, Kazuyo Sejima, and Deyan Sudjic, among others. The origins of the architecture biennale are generally traced to the 1970s, when it emerged from under the umbrella of the larger Venice Biennale, which was itself established in 1895. Since then it has become one of the most prestigious forums for architectural discourse today, and has served as a model for a range of international exhibitions. This book explores the biennale through conversations with the directors who established its particular discourse, as well as with the current president of the Venice Biennale, Paolo Barrata. These conversations do not seek to recapitulate the exhibitions themselves but rather explore the questions that these exhibitions raise, with the hope of offering a model for future curatorial endeavours.
Architecture on Display is the result of a 2009/2010 research initiative of the Slought Foundation, and builds upon Levy's and Menking's experience in organizing Into the Open, the US Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, together with Andrew Sturm. Click here to access a recording of the conversation with Aaron Betsky featured in the publication.
The publication will be available for purchase in September 2010 (£7.50; ISBN: 978-1-902902-96-8). Click here for more information or to be notified when this book is available. For a catalogue of AA Publications visit www.aaschool.ac.uk/publications or email email@example.com
Part 1: On the difficulty of showing architecture
Aaron Betsky (1:17), Paolo Baratta (5:16), Kurt W Forster (5:43),
Francesco Dal Co (7:05), Paolo Portoghesi (7:50), Aaron Betsky (9:11),
Paolo Baratta (10:40), Kazuyo Sejima (12:02)
Part 2: On the biennale and its public
Vittorio Gregotti (13:20), Vittorio Gregotti (13:35), Paolo
Portoghesi (13 :58), Hans Hollein (17:21), Aaron Betsky (19:00)
Part 3: On culture and administration
Kurt W Forster (22:20), Francesco Dal Co (22:52), Vittorio Gregotti
(28:40), Francesco Dal Co (29:09), Aaron Betsky (29:41), Kurt W Forster
Part 4: On art, architecture, and the world
Vittorio Gregotti (31:57), Massimiliano Fuksas (32:24), Massimiliano
Fuksas (32:50), Paolo Baratta (34:39), Aaron Betsky (36:33), Massimiliano
Part 5: On the impossibility of an avant garde
Deyan Sudjic (39:27), Massimiliano Fuksas (40:01)
Directions to Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Fondazione Giorgio Cini (www.cini.it) is located on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, across the Canal from St. Mark's square and Palazzo Ducale. To reach the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, take vaporetto line n°2 and get off at the "San Giorgio" stop. The N°2 vaporetto leaves from main points in Venice including San Zaccaria (with a trip duration of about three minutes), the Ferrovia (45 minutes), Piazzale Roma (40 minutes), and Tronchetto (about 35 minutes).
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Vittorio Gregotti, et al. "Architecture on Display: On the History of the Venice Architecture Biennale." Slought Foundation Online Content. [27 August 2010;
Accessed 21 May 2013]. <http://slought.org/content/11458/>.