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Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

On June 6th the 14th installment of the Venice Artchitecture Biennale opened, for the first time including programs, exhibits and events contextualized by other disciplines such as dance, film and music.  Curated by Dutch architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas, the 2014 Biennale has the title and theme of Fundamentals, and “… looks at histories, tries to reconstruct how architecture finds itself in its current situation, and speculates on its future.”  Divided in 3 exhibitions, for the first time the national pavilion presentations were invited to respond to a single theme: the 65 participating countries examine key moments from a century of modernization.  “… show(ing), each in their own way, a radical splintering of modernities in a century where the homogenizing process of globalization appeared to be the master narrative.” Brazil’s pavilion, titled Brazil: Modernity As Tradition, curated by André Corrêa do Lago, showcased seminal modernist architecture by the likes of Oscar Niemeyer and Lina Bo Bardi, as well as contemporary projects by Arthur Casas, Isay Weinfeld and Ruy Ohtake, that carry a modernist legacy while pointing at contemporary and future tendencies in Brazilian architecture.  On view through November, check out the Biennale’s full program here.

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