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  • Director-General Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger officially opens the Dutch Pavilion. Photo: Daria Scagliola

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 on view now!

31 may 2018

Last week, Barbera Wolfensberger (Director-General for Culture and Media) and Afke van Rijn (Director Media and Creative Industry at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) visited the preview days and the opening of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. The Creative Industries Fund NL organized a guided tour together with Het Nieuwe Instituut, in which they received an impression of the Dutch contributions.

The fund launched three open calls this year for participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale, one in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut for the extended program of the Dutch pavilion. The twelve selected presentations, varying from architectural projects to installations, performances and publications all respond to the FREESPACE manifesto of biennale curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Five more specifically on the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE by curator Marina Otero Verzier (Head of Research & Development at Het Nieuwe Instituut).

The Venice Architecture Biennale can be visited until 25 November 2018.

  • ‘A School in the Making’ in the Arsenale by Case Design (Anne Geenen & Samuel Barclay). Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • The exhibition 'A School in the Making' presents the ongoing experience of building the Avasara Academy in India. It shares the story of the formation of the school as a collaborative and experimental practice. Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • ‘City of Comings and Goings’ in the Central Pavilion by Crimson Architectural Historians. Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • Director-General Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger gets a tour through the Central Pavilion. Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • ‘Free Market’ by Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Jo Anne Butler (Superfolk), Miriam Delaney (DIT), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction), Orla Murphy (Custom) & Laurence LoLord. Photo: Matthew Thompson

  • Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E) in conversation with Director-General Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger and Director Creative Industries, Ministry of Education Culture and Science, Afke van Rijn. Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ by Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Filippo LaFleur). Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • Scenography in which an interaction arises between dance performance 'Cosmogonia Mundi' by MAKE MOVE THINK and installation ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ by Northscapes Collective. Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’ by Crimson Architectural Historians in the Japanese Pavilion (Giardini). Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • Wouter van Stiphout (Crimson Architectural Historians) in conversation with Floris Alkemade and Berno Strootman (College van Rijksadviseurs). Photo: Maarten Tas

  • The installation Renderlands by Liam Young in the Dutch Pavilion. Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • The Port and the Fall of Icarus (Northscapes Collective), The Institute of Patent Infringement (Jane Chew & Matthew Stewart), Shore Leaves (Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Patelli & Giulio Squillacciotti).

  • The Dutch Pavillion’ WORK, BODY, LEISURE curator Marina Otero Verzier and executive director Stimuleringsfonds Syb Groeneveld. Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • The physical installation 'Safety Measures' by Simone C. Niquille in the Dutch Pavilion with the digital expansion ‘Sisyphus' on screen. Photo: Daria Scagliola

  • After the tour the opening of the Dutch Pavilion took place outside with Guus Beumer, Director of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Photo: Daria Scagliola


  • Photo above: Director-general Culture and Media, Barbera Wolfensberger officially opens the Dutch Pavilion, by starting the music of 'Songs for hard Working People' by Noam Toran with Remco de Jong and Florentijn Boddendijk. Photo: Daria Scagliola
  • Publication Venice Architecture Biennale 2018