Monditalia, the Italian Pavilion in la Biennale di Venezia 2014
“The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, entitled Fundamentals, directed by Rem Koolhaas and organized by la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, will be open to the public from June 7 through November 23, 2014, in the Giardini and the Arsenale.”
“This year the Italian Pavilion is based in the Arsenale and organized by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities with PaBAAC (general direction for landscape, fine arts, architecture and contemporary art), and it is curated by Cino Zucchi.”
It brings, for the first time, Dance, Music, Theatre and Film, together with Architecture in 41 installations crossing the italian territory from south to north.
“In a moment of crucial political change, we decided to look at Italy as a “fundamental” country, completely unique but also emblematic of a global situation where many countries are balancing between chaos and a realization of their full potential. The Arsenale presents a scan of Italy, established by 82 films, 41 architectural projects, and a merger of architecture with la biennale’s dance, music, theatre, and film sections. Each project in Monditalia concerns unique and specific conditions but together form a comprehensive portrait of the host country.”
Besides Monditalia, the two other main components from la Biennale di Venezia are: “Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014” formed by 65 different countries pavilion, and “Elements of Architecture” a result of a two-year research studio with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, located at central pavilions.