17th Venice Architecture Biennale, 22 May 2021 — 21 Nov 2021

17th Venice Architecture Biennale

Open to the public 22 May – 21 November 2021 at the Giardini, the Arsenale, and Forte Marghera. Preview days on 20 and 21 May, the inauguration ceremony will take place on Saturday 22 May 2021.

Arsenale, Giardini, Various venues in Venice

Titled “How will we live together?” and curated by Hashim Sarkis, the Venice International Exhibition includes 112 participants in competition from 46 countries, with a growing delegation from Africa, Latin America and Asia and with comparable representation of men and women.

The Exhibition is organized into five scales, three are exhibited in the Arsenale and two in the Central Pavilion: Among Diverse Beings, As New Households, As Emerging Communities, Across Borders, As One Planet. A part of the Exhibition is titled “How will we play together?“, a contribution by 5 international participating architects who have designed a project dedicated to children’s play, on exhibit at Forte Marghera and open to the public.

This edition also includes a series of participations out of competition:
Stations + Co-Habitats, research into the five scales with relative case studies developed by researchers from universities around the world (Architectural Association, American University of Beirut, The Bartlett, Columbia University, Cooper Union, ETH Zurich, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development EiABC, ETSAM – Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Harvard University, Hong Kong University, Iuav University of Venice, KIT Karlsruhe, KU Leuven, Rice University, and the Venice Lab, a consortium of research groups at MIT)

This year the 17th International Architecture Exhibition will intersect with the 15th International Festival of Contemporary Dance from 23 July to 1 August, hosting at the Arsenale, in the section of the Exhibition titled Among Diverse Beings, the installations and dancers-choreographers of the Biennale College. Under the mentorship of the artistic director of Biennale Danza Wayne McGregor, they will create short choreographic fragments, “snapshots” or “sketches” inspired by the signs, materials and themes of the Architecture Exhibition.

61 national participations will bring to life the historic Pavilions in the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice, with 4 countries taking part in the Biennale Architettura for the first time: Grenada, Iraq, Uzbekistan.

A total of 17 Collateral Events have been approved by the Curator, promoted by national and international non-profit entities and institutions. Organized in various venues in the city of Venice, they present a broad spectrum of contributions and participations that enrich the pluralism of voices that distinguishes the Exhibition.

La Biennale again this year dedicates the Biennale Sessions project to Universities, Academies and Institutes of Higher Education. The goal is to facilitate three-day self-organized visits for groups of at least 50 students and teachers, who will be assisted in organizing their journey and their stay, and will be offered the possibility of organizing seminars to be held free of charge in the venues of the exhibition. Over the past decade La Biennale has given increasing importance to its educational aims, maturing a strong commitment with its “Educational” activities towards the audiences of the Exhibitions, the universities, young people and children in schools of all levels.

Important notes: General safety Anti COVID-19 measures for the Biennale Architettura 2021
Here below a list of the main Anti COVID-19 measures to be applied for the whole duration of the 17th Exhibition: Temperature checking (no one having 37.5°C or more as temperature must be allowed to enter); Hands Sanitation; Compulsory Masks; Social distancing; Separate Entrance and exit (one-way exhibition route);  Tracing access and ticketing reservation (exclusively on-line, in order to avoid queues.)

Contacts & Details

Arsenale, Giardini, venues in Venice

22 May > 31 July: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (last admission 6.45 p.m.)
1 August > 21 November: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last admission 5.45 p.m.)
Closed on Mondays (except on 24 May, 6 September, 1 November)

Online booking is mandatory

M: info@labiennale.org

Arsenale, Giardini, Various venues in Venice
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