This year Rem Koolhaas has the role of administrator. The impression that someone could have is that he has invited the 65 participating countries and his team to do the same homework, producing in this way a refined version of a maxi school research on the roots of modernity. The chosen title is Fundamentals and the theme is developed in three chapters.
Elements of Architecture at the main stand of the gardens is a giant abacus of the fundamental elements of architecture, doors, walls, toilets, and so on, because in the end in our daily lives architecture is made of these things.
Monditalia, alle Corderie dell’Arsenale is the analysis of our house, headed by 41 young Italian researchers who try as in many other projects to give back the image of the contemporary circumstance, from the lights of Santa Rosalia and some details of the frescoes of Lorenzetti’s Buongoverno, to the glacial suburbs in Brianza through L’Aquila after the earthquake, Cinecittà occupied and ephemeral structures of the 70s and the 80s.
Absorbing Modernity 1914 – 2014 is the theme assigned to the national participations. The amount of data collected and presented is impressive, especially if you have a weekend free to read them and perhaps understand them, it is impossible! Golden Lion for Korea that on the image of its architecture of the last century had to superimpose the analysis of a delicate geopolitical situation difficult to tell.
About Italy and its Innesti speaks Cino Zucchi who chooses Milan to show in a accurate and clear way how a hundred years of architecture have been adapted, implanted and intersected on the varied existing context.
If you think this cultural binge is not enough there are all the Fuori Biennale, the Stanze del Vetro in San Giorgio (beautiful), Fondazione Prada, and much more. Bring comfortable shoes with you.
Text and photos by Sara Bazzoli