La Biennale postpones Biennale Architecttura 2020 inauguration

The Biennale Architecttura 2020 inauguration originally scheduled on May 29 was moved to August 29 due to the on-going threats of coronavirus

  • March 5, 2020

  • Written by Gabrielle de la Cruz

  • Image courtesy of La Biennale

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice has now been postponed. Originally set to open May 29, the six-month-long Biennale Architecttura 2020 exhibition is now set to run at a shortened calendar, from August 29 to November 29. The move is in response to the rising cases of Covid 19 in Italy and surrounding territories.

“The new dates for the Biennale Architettura have been established as a consequence of the recent precautionary measures in the matter of mobility taken by the governments of a growing number of countries around the world, which will have a domino effect on the movement of people and works in coming weeks,” La Biennale stated. This period of time coincides with the delicate initial phase of setting up an international exhibition as complex as the Biennale Architettura, which involves architects and institutions from over 60 countries on all continents.

La Biennale said that they decided to postpone the inauguration as they refuse to open an incomplete exhibition, believing that it will jeopardize the entire event’s value and quality. They underscored that a short-term postponement could be ineffective considering the complexity of the organizational machine, the number, and importance of the subjects involved and the probable absence of many of them.

Incidentally, the 77th Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera will be opening a week after the new Biennale Architecttura 2020 inauguration date. With the almost concurrent opening of two historic exhibitions, La Biennale believes that this endeavor will offer Venice and the world a moment of great cultural interest and international appeal. 

Sudar Khadka, principal architect of I.incite and Alex Furunes, principal architect of Eriksson Furunes, will be representing the Philippines in this year’s Biennale Architecttura. They will be collaborating in curating for the Philippine “Structures of Mutual Support” pavilion. The project is inspired by the Filipino “Bayanihan” spirit, with the design process considering how communities can live and thrive together. 

Streetlight Tagpuro, World Architecture Festival 2017 Small Project of the Year Award, by Sudar Khadhka (Leandro V. Locsin Partners) and Alex Furunes of Eriksson Furunes.

Information obtained from labiennale.org

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