In the Exhibition Pavilion, Koolhaas has assembled the “Elements” of architecture, including this suspended ceiling sliced off and useless below the Pavilion’s painted dome. Fragments like a window from Prada’s Tokyo store mix with turned wood newel posts and a line of toilets. They all represent the elements Koolhaas remembers from his childhood, and which he thinks are dissolving into virtual and security technology.
Photo By Giorgio Zucchiatti; Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia
Fundamentals, Mondo Italia
The Italy that you might not remember: past a Swarovski crystal sign, Koolhaas’s trip down memory strada takes you through half-remembered movies from the 1960s (is that Gina Lollobrigida?) projected in the medieval Venetian rope-making factory to fragments of the buildings that you likely didn’t notice next to the Pantheon. And apparently there was also a vibrant disco scene in the 1960s that here is the subject of some serious scholarship.
Luminaire by OMA in collaboration with Swarovski. Photo By © Gilbert McCarragher
America the mighty projects its power not just with guns and hamburgers, but also with export architecture. Good, bad, or indifferent, the office buildings, hotels, and embassies American architects have produced all around the globe are showcased in a parade of black-and-white photographs in the American Pavilion, created by New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture and devoid of any commentary. Apply at the desk for more information about who made what for whom, though you’re not likely to learn why.
Photo By Andrea Avezzù; Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia