A small group from the V&A’s Contemporary Architecture Design and Digital team were in Venice last week for the opening of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated this year by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his office OMA, the theme is ‘Fundamentals’, zooming in on the various elements of which all architecture is inevitably composed. We were there to take the pulse of contemporary practice from around the world, and to scope out potential new acquisitions for the V&A’s collection.
We’ve picked out a number highlights from the Biennale in this video below. Ranging from the Swiss pavilion, which looks at British architect Cedric Price and curated by the irrepressible Hans-Ulrich Obrist, to the British pavilion where an alternate history of British modernity is told through an eclectic array of architectural and pop-cultural material.
I’ve also helped to steer the upcoming Friday Late on the 27th of June to continue this focus on architecture, with various installations, performances and workshops across the museum. Hope to see you there!