Bahrain | 14th Architecture Biennale

Place: Venezia, Country: Italy
La biennale di Venezia
Fundamentalists and other Arab Modernisms
Exhibition of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Commissioner: H.E. Sh.Mai Al Khalifa, Minister of culture-Kingdom of Bahrain
Deputy commissioner: Noura Al Sayeh
curator: George Arbid, Bernard khoury
exhibition design: Bernard Khoury /DW5
Text by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit
Photos by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit

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Fundamentalists and other Arab Modernisms
Exhibition of the Kingdom of Bahrain

The pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain at the Biennale presents a survey on the modern architectural models imposed to the Arab world by the European colonialism. From the Algiers master-plan to the Soviet Union influence on the urban transformations of Damascus and the Deco architecture built with mud bricks in Baghdad; modern style architecture has been perceived as an alien element although somehow adapted to the local tradition models during the 1950s and 1970s.
The pavilion, designed by Bernard Khoury /DW5, is particularly worth a mention for its captivating and iconic design.

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