La Biennale di Venezia


History

The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The history dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival in history). In 1980 the first International Architecture Exhibition took place, and in 1999 Dance made its debut at La Biennale.

Biennale Architecture 2021

“How will we live together?”

Curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis, this year's Biennale Architettura is titled “How will we live together?”: in the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, it calls on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together. The architects invited to participate in Biennale Architettura 2021 are encouraged to engage other professions and constituencies - artists, builders, and craftspeople, but also politicians, journalists, social scientists, and everyday citizens. In effect, Biennale Architettura 2021 asserts the overlooked role of the architect as both cordial convener and custodian of the spatial contract.

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will take place from 22 May to 21 November 2021.

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