British Pavilion opens at the Venice Architecture Biennale
The British Pavilion was officially opened at the Biennale Architettura 2014, with a ribbon cutting ceremony today.
Presented by the British Council and curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians, the British Pavilion’s A Clockwork Jerusalem exhibition responds to the theme of ‘Absorbing Modernity: 1914 – 2014’, as set for the national pavilions by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the Biennale Architettura 2014.
The exhibition explores the origins, projects and experience of British modernity; the culture that post-war architecture and planning emerged from, and the worlds that it created.
Vicky Richardson, commissioner of the British Pavilion and a director at the British Council, said: “A Clockwork Jerusalem is a witty and insightful exhibition that we hope will provoke debate about British architecture. We’re delighted to be working with FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians, both practices that have broken new ground and made an important contribution to the international discussion about Modernism and the wider cultural context of architecture.”
Taking the large-scale projects of the 50s, 60s and 70s as a point of departure, ‘A Clockwork Jerusalem’ explores the mature flowering of British Modernism – the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious but also the moment that witnessed its collapse. The exhibition chronicles the origins and myths of British Modernism, the products and the cultures it created.
A Clockwork Jerusalem will be open to the public throughout the duration of the Biennale Architettura 2014, from 7 June to 23 November 2014, design.britishcouncil.org/venice-biennale
Images courtesy of © Cristiano Corte for the British Council
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