Spain | 14th Architecture Biennale

Place: Venice, Country: Italy
Commissioner: Ministry of public work of Spain; ac/e-Accion Cultural Española; aecid-Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation; The Caja de Arquitectos Foundation
curator: Iñaki Ábalos
with the support of : Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Escuéla Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid; Instituto de Arquitectura Iametsam.
Text by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit
Photos by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
Additional photo by Bruno Cordioli

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Interiors
Spain Pavilion

Interiors is the title of exhibition of Spain at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Iñaki Ábalos.
The concept of “interiors” is here used as a means to re-think architecture. Taking the cue from the common opinion that modernity in architecture has coincided with rigid and repetitive urban planning schemes, to “look inside” means to focus on such social and human-relations spaces that can exist both within buildings and in open-air areas, such as courtyards or outdoor spaces enclosed by urban blocks.
The exhibition is thus aimed to involve the visitors, through large three-dimensional photographic installations, into the interiors of 12 projects realized in the last three years.

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Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014
Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014 is an invitation to the national pavilions to show, each in their own way, the process of the erasure of national characteristics in architecture in favor of the almost universal adoption of a single modern language and a single repertoire of typologies – a more complex process than we typically recognize, involving significant encounters between cultures, technical inventions, and hidden ways of remaining “national”.


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