This year, due to the Covid emergency, the Biennale of Architecture was postponed to May 2021 and will run until November 2021.
I had the privilege to visit the exhibition in the early days of its opening. It’s a stunning experience, including 112 participants from 46 countries coming from all over the world.
The whole exhibition is organised into five scales, three at the Arsenale and two in the central pavilion at the Giardini venue.
The Arsenale displays the first three scales, distributed as follows:
•Among Diverse Beings: Designing for new bodies & Living with Other Beings
•As New Household: Catering to new demographics, Inhabiting new tectonics, Living apart together
•As Emerging Communities: Appealing to civicness, Re-equipping society, Coming together in Venice, Co-Habitats
At the Giardini venue, you will embrace the other two scales: Across Borders and As One Planet.
In addition to these two shows, there are several installations scattered throughout the city of Venice, and also five related installations at Forte Marghera Park centred on a slightly different theme: How will we play together?
Significantly the curator of this Biennale is Hashim Sarkis, Chair at MIT. The Biennale Architettura displays multiple responses to the initial opening question that unfolds myriads of implications.
In his intense preface, Sarkis states that the question was asked because “we are not happy with the answers that are coming out of politics today.”
Architecture thus can offer alternative practices on how space is conceived. We need a new spatial contract. It has to be universal and inclusive.
Here’s some pictures to introduce you to this challenging journey!
Every year on November 21st, here in Venice, we celebrate the Madonna della Salute (Our Lady of Health). The event dates back to the Xviith century, the Basilica was built as a tribute to the Virgin Mary – as a sign of gratitude for the end of the terrible plague of 1630.
Venetians pay tribute to the Madonna and pray together. Unfortunately, this year, due to Covid emergency, the traditional mobile pontoon that connects the two banks on the Grand Canal was not put in use, but people can still visit the Church and attend mass.
The icon of the Madonna Mesopanditissa – Mediator of Peace – was brought to Venice from Crete (Candia) by the Doge Morosini in 1670.
It is a very religious festival, still in use in these days, dedicated to all those who suffer.
Ogni anno, il 21 Novembre, qui a Venezia, celebriamo la Madonna della Salute. L’evento risale al Xvii secolo – la Basilica venne costruita come tributo alla Vergine Madre – in segno di gratitudine per la fine della terribile peste del 1630.
I Veneziani rendono omaggio alla Madonna e pregano insieme. Sfortunatamente, quest’anno, a causa dell’emergenza Covid, non è stato messo il tradizionale pontile mobile che collega le due sponde sul Canal Grande, ma le persone possono comunque visitare la Chiesa ed andare a messa.
Nel 1670 il Doge Morosini portò a Venezia da Creta (Candia) l’icona della Madonna Mesopanditissa – Mediatrice di Pace.
Una festa molto religiosa, ancora in uso in questi tempi, dedicata a tutte le persone che soffrono.
Here everything becomes a painting, everything turns into a painting. As there is nothing we can do against this sky, this water, this air, that mysteriously turn bricks and stones and geometries into pure colour and pictorial value. This city’s intimate essence, its very structure is made of paint. Who wants to have a real proof of this has to consider that here the genius loci has found a real expression and a final accomplishment in the painters’ works, here and only here.
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