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First look at the architectural installations of the Venice Biennale of Art 2022

First look at the architectural installations of the Venice Biennale of Art 2022

The 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia officially opened its doors to the public on April 23, 2022. Entitled “The Milk of Dreams”. The exhibition welcomes more than 210 artists from 58 countries, to present over a thousand works and installations that promote art, science, research and ecological transition from the environmental humanities.

Pavilion of the Hanji house / Stefano Boeri Architetti.  Image © Alice ClancyPavilion of the Hanji house / Stefano Boeri Architetti.  Image © Alice Clancydixit algorizmi - the garden of knowledge.  Image courtesy of National Pavilion of Uzbekistan by Gerda_studioTurba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean pavilion.  Image © Ugo Carmeni+ 15

This year’s exhibition is curated by Cecilia Alemani and organized by the Biennale di Venezia under the presidency of Roberto Cicutto. The theme is based on a book of the same title by Leonora Carrington which describes a magical world where life is constantly reimagined through the prism of the imagination. 80 National Participations will exhibit their work through the Central Pavilion, the Giardini and the Arsenale, including 5 first participations: the Republic of Cameroon, the Sultanate of Oman, Namibia, Nepal and Uganda.

Read on for the first look at the architectural interventions and national pavilions taking place at the 2022 Venice Art Biennale.

Hanji House Pavilion / Stefano Boeri Architetti

Pavilion of the Hanji house / Stefano Boeri Architetti.  Image © Alice Clancy
Pavilion of the Hanji house / Stefano Boeri Architetti. Image © Alice Clancy

Pavilion of the Hanji house / Stefano Boeri Architetti.  Image © Alice ClancyPavilion of the Hanji house / Stefano Boeri Architetti.  Image © Alice ClancyPavilion of the Hanji house / Stefano Boeri Architetti.  Image © Alice ClancyPavilion of the Hanji house / Stefano Boeri Architetti.  Image © Alice Clancy+ 15

Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the Hanji House Pavilion is a site-specific project realized in dialogue with the exhibition Chun Kwang Young: Times Reimagined, which features 40 large-scale mulberry paper reliefs, sculptures and installations created by the artist Korean Chun Kwang Young, at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac, in Venice. Housed in the gardens of the Palazzo, the Hanji House is a wooden interpretation of “paper tree architecture”, inspired by the playful practice of “Hanji”, the name given to a traditional Korean paper technique derived from the mulberry tree. that folds paper based on simple geometric modularity. The structure is made up of a combination of four pyramids on top of a parallelepiped, creating a diamond in the middle. Inside the pavilion, a real-time interactive art installation by media artist Calvin J. Lee transforms the triangular shape Hanji packets in virtual form.

Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol / Chilean Pavilion

Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean pavilion.  Image © Ugo Carmeni
Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean pavilion. Image © Ugo Carmeni

Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean pavilion.  Image © Ugo CarmeniTurba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean pavilion.  Image © Ugo CarmeniTurba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean pavilion.  Image © Ugo CarmeniTurba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean pavilion.  Image © Ugo Carmeni+ 15

the Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol Pavilion is a collective project led by curator Camila Marambio that explores the conservation and visibility of peatlands, a misunderstood type of wetland thought to be the most efficient natural ecosystem for accumulating carbon in the atmosphere. It tells how these important ecosystems around the world occupy a fundamental place in indigenous cultures, especially in the context of climate change. Presented by the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Chile, the installation is the work of a multidisciplinary team composed of sound artist Ariel Bustamante; art historian Carla Macchiavello, filmmaker Dominga Sotomayor and architect Alfredo Thiermann, to name a few, as well as the Wildlife Conservation Society-Chile, Tierra del Fuego’s Karukinka Park and the Foundation cultural Selk’nam Hach Saye.

Dixit Algorizmi – The Garden of Knowledge / Uzbekistan Pavilion

dixit algorizmi - the garden of knowledge.  Image courtesy of National Pavilion of Uzbekistan by Gerda_studio
dixit algorizmi – the garden of knowledge. Image courtesy of National Pavilion of Uzbekistan by Gerda_studio

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The Foundation for the Development of Art and Culture (ACDF) of the Republic of Uzbekistan presents Dixit Algorizmi – The Garden of Knowledge. Organized by Space caviar and Sheida Ghomashchi, the pavilion presents a reflection on the seminal work of Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, a scientist and polymath responsible for introducing Hindu-Arabic numerals to Europe. Al-Khwārizmī’s most important research took place at the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, considered a place of gathering and exchange, centered around formal gardens provided for in the Islamic tradition. The pavilion will refer to this Islamic tradition of the garden as a place of gathering and exchange, and will interrogate the myths and narratives of modern technologies, “using the prism of contemporary artistic practices to explore their forgotten roots and neglected resonances. with places, times, and cultures”.

dixit algorizmi - the garden of knowledge.  Image courtesy of National Pavilion of Uzbekistan by Gerda_studio
dixit algorizmi – the garden of knowledge. Image courtesy of National Pavilion of Uzbekistan by Gerda_studio

The pavilion features polished aluminum floors, reflective surfaces and symmetries reminiscent of geometrically planned gardens – especially the reflective pools of water at the heart of traditional Islamic gardens. The space also features a botanical arrangement of dried sea lavender suspended like clouds, a flower both native to Uzbekistan and referencing the color purple, predominant in Uzbek architecture. Alongside the public program hosted in the pavilion, Velocity0, a sound installation by Uzbek musician Abror Zufarov and artist and composer Charli Tapp will serve as a hub for international composers, inviting them to experiment with Velocity0’s algorithm, through a platform dematerialized called The Programme.