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Contemplate the Portuguese Pavillion at La Biennale di Venezia 2018Monday 2 July 2018
Contemplate the Portuguese Pavillion at La Biennale di Venezia 2018 ⇒ The 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has already started and will only conclude on the 25th November. While there are so many worthy exhibitions to see and be marvelled by, today, CovetED will discuss that is quite close to our heart, the Portuguese Pavilion, otherwise known as Public Without Rhetoric, was curated by Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah. This unique project proposes a tour of the “Public Building” through 12 projects created in the last ten years by Portuguese architects, that go hand in had with this year’s theme “Freespace”.
Public Without Rhetoric will be installed on the main floor in the Palazzo Giustinian Lolin with a collection of drawings, models and photographs of the 12 selected projects that include temporary structures, buildings or infrastructures dedicated to culture, education, sport and mobility.
A video installation at the entrance illustrates the projects, which are the result of public works carried out since 2007, commissioned by State, regional and local institutions:
Arquipélago – Center for Contemporary Arts (São Miguel, Azores)
by João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos)
Public Library and Regional Archives (Angra do Heroísmo, Azores)
by Inês Lobo
Gruta das Torres Visitor Center (Pico, Azores)
by SAMI (Inês Vieira da Silva and Miguel Vieira)
Hangar Nautical Centre (Montemor-o-Velho)
by Miguel Figueira
I3S, Institute of Innovation and Research in Health (Porto)
by Serôdio Furtado Associados (Isabel Furtado and João Pedro Serôdio)
Naples Metro, Municipio Station (Naples)
by Álvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto Moura and Tiago Figueiredo
Douro Breakwaters (Foz do Douro, Porto)
by Carlos Prata
Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre (Tours, France)
by Aires Mateus e Associados (Manuel Mateus and Francisco Mateus)
“Live Uncertainty: an Exhibition after the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo” (Serralves Foundation, Porto)
by depA (Carlos Azevedo, João Crisóstomo and Luís Sobral), Diogo Aguiar Studio, FAHR 021.3 (Filipa Fróis Almeida and Hugo Reis), Fala Atelier (Ana Luísa Soares, Filipe Magalhães and Ahmed Belkhodja) and Ottotto (Teresa Otto)
Park Pavilions for Albarquel Urban Park (Setúbal)
by Ricardo Bak Gordon
Thalia Theatre (Lisbon)
by Gonçalo Byrne and Barbas Lopes Arquitectos (Diogo Seixas Lopes and Patrícia Barbas)
Lisbon Cruise Ship Terminal (Lisbon)
by João Luís Carrilho da Graça
The projects are grouped together to create formal and spatial relationships. The intention is rather to form a compact whole, demonstrating the coherence and rationality of Portuguese architecture, achieved despite a global scenario strongly influenced by the economic crisis.
The two curators Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah disclosed that: “In the last ten years a sort of obsession with public works has arisen, considering them – in the light of the neoliberal guidelines that in recent times have guided Western Europe – an unnecessary and harmful expense. Public buildings such as cultural, educational and sports facilities and infrastructures– continue the curators – belong to the idea of evolution and progressivity as regards social opportunities. They in fact simultaneously reconstruct and rehabilitate the city and renew public space in terms of quality and culture.”
With Public Without Rhetoric Portugal’s presence at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition –La Biennale di Venezia 2018 explicitly interprets the “Freespace” theme launched by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, underlining just how much State investments in accessible, quality public space is directly correlated to the rise of a democratic, cultured and inclusive society. The Portuguese Pavilion was created under the patronage of the Millennium BCP Foundation and the support of Aicep Portugal Global, Instituto Camões, MAAT – Edp Foundation, Jofebar and Osvaldo Matos.
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