Wednesday, August 25, 2010

VENICE: 12th Biennale of Architecture

\Ca Giustinian – headquarters of La Biennale. The recently restored Sala delle Colonne at Ca Gustinian, headquarters of The Biennale, was inaugurated this morning.  The important restoration of the sala, which dates back to the 1930’s and features spatial and architectural characteristics, makes it a unique venue that will serve as a flexible space for lectures, meetings, workshops and exhibitions and in particular for live performances.

Seen at the opening of Sala delle Colonne. The president of The Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta and Maja Hoffmann, president of the Luma Foundation.

The superstar architect. Frank Gehry, was swamped by photographers when he came out to present his project for the Luma Foundation.

The Gehry project for Luma Foundation.  The Sala delle Colonne is hosting a special event, of The Biennale, Luma/parc des Ateliers, by Frank O. Gehry and Gehry Partners LLP, an architectural project for a new cultural model located in the centre of Arles, France.

The Director.
  The director of the 12th International Biennale of Architecture Exhibition,  the Japanese architect, Kazuyo Sejima.  The first woman to direct the Architecture sector of The Biennale, Sejima has recently been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010 (together with Ryue Nishizawa).

Seen at the opening of Sala delle Colonne. The lighting designer, Mario Nani.

Seen at the opening of Sala delle Colonne.  The co-curators of the American Pavilion of The Venice Architectural Biennale, 2008, Aaron Levy and William Menking.

The Book.  The book written by Aaron Levy and William Menking, Architecture on display: on the History of the Venice Biennale of Architecture, tells the story, in a series of interviews, about The Architectural Biennale with each of the living directors of the Venice Biennale for Architecture, these include among others, Aaron Betsky, Vittorio Gregotti, Paolo Portoghesi, Francesco Dal Co, Kurt Foster and Kazuyo Sejima.  The book will be launched in Venice on Friday.

Seen at the opening of Sala delle Colonne.  The Venice Foundation’s president, Franca Coin uses, in the heat, the foundation's new letter as a fan.
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