The original drawings from the 1978 Roma Interrotta show, reassembled 30 years on in the Arsenale
Officials also celebrated the fact that the Philippine architecture pavilion this year is housed at the Arsenale
, home of the Venice Biennale regarded as the world's most prestigious platform for contemporary art.
Bernard Tschumi made this point brilliantly during one of The Architectural Review's 'Dark Side Club' events, but this, of course, was an unofficial gig where irritation with the Arsenale
had the chance to erupt.
Another achievement for the country is that the national pavilion has been moved from the 18th century Palazzo Mora, which housed the Philippine pavilion in 2015 to the Arsenale
, the main exhibition platform.
And so, behind the great sheds of the Arsenale
in the appropriately named Giardini delle Vergini, the Chinese constructed a gently inclined slope clad in recycled clay tiles and partly bisected by a promenading ramp.
The first day's "Official Welcome" crackled with tension, as various more or less articulate, passionate, and pin-striped officials either defended the Biennale or--more surprisingly--articulated their dissatisfaction with "business as usual" (a business in which the same visitors were counted three times to get an attendance stat of 900,000: once at the Arsenale
and Giardini [265,000], once again at off-site pavilions [370,000], and another time at "collateral" events [280,000]).
Now that we are in the Arsenale
, the Filipino voice is further amplified,' said Legarda.
Sixteen major cities and their 'urban experience' will be re-created as part of the 10th Biennale, taking centre stage in the 300m Corderie dell' Arsenale
; the overall title is 'Cities, Architecture and Society'.
Be the First ..., which dominated the opening passage of Rosa Martinez's Arsenale
show in last year's Venice Biennale, is probably the most economical yet effective example of Islam's hitching of the fragmented-and-lacking self to our easily activated nostalgia for what we've perceived as valuable, and to our oft-thwarted desire for connection with others.
As the Philippines returns to the Venice Art Biennale in Italy, our national pavilion will be at the Arsenale
, one of the main exhibition spaces.
In 2002, he mounted an exhibition, Ashes and Snow, in the Corderia of the Venice Arsenale
, and invited Shigeru Ban to design a prefabricated gallery in which this show could be displayed in varied locations.
The work was ultimately shown at this summer's Venice Biennale in the Rosa Martinez--curated Arsenale
. Meanwhile, a version of Favaretto's earlier piece was showing at the Venice Biennale in the Italian pavilion and actually won the prize for the best Italian artist.
Her participation is Swatch's way of establishing a significant presence at both the Giardini and Arsenale
venues of the recently opened 56th Venice Art Biennale that is ongoing until November.