Venice: La Biennale di Venezia - 14th International Architecture Exhibition: Bahrain Pavilion – Fundamentalists and Other Arab Modernisms. For its third participation, the Kingdom of Bahrain decided to concentrate on the wider Arab World and use the opportunity of the Bahrain Pavilion to support the efforts of the Arab Center for Architecture in creating a centralized database of architectural documents from across the Arab world. The exhibition consists of a large-scale map of the Arab World that references the colonial maps. A circular library that contains the exhibition catalogue and gathers a selection of a hundred built projects between 1914 and 2014 across the Arab World surrounds the map.
Above. The installation, a dome supports projections of a commissioned screenplay by Studio Safar, which comprises of a reading of the 22 national anthems of the Arab countries.
Designer of the exhibition Bernard Khoury and co-curator the pavilion with George Arbid, Arab Center for Architecture
Bahrain Pavilion. The collection of essays as well as a selection of a 100 buildings will form the basis of the exhibition catalogue, above, entitled, Architecture from the Arab World 1914-2014 a selection, available for consultation at the pavilion.
Bahrain Pavilion. In parallel to the exhibition in Venice, significant efforts have been made toward the collection of a number of documents that have been added to the database of the ACA (Arab Center for Architecture) that will be online to coincide with the opening of the Biennale. It is hoped that this will highlight the importance of collecting architecture archives; a task that the Arab Center for Architecture is undertaking.