La Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, will take place in Venice (Giardini and Arsenale) from Saturday 29 August (pre-opening Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August) until Sunday 29 November, instead of from 23 May to 29 November, as previously announced.
The new dates of La Biennale Architettura 2020 have been set as a result of recent precautionary measures taken by the governments of an increasing number of countries around the world.
La Biennale, in consultation with the curator Hashim Sarkis and respecting the difficulties of the participating countries and the invited architects, has decided to postpone the inauguration to 29 August, bringing this year’s edition of the La Biennale Architettura back to its quarterly duration, from the end of August to the end of November.
In this way, considering that the following week, on September 2, the 77th is scheduled to open. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica directed by Alberto Barbera (until September 12), with the almost contemporary start of these two historic events, La Biennale will be able to offer Venice and the world at the end of the summer a period of great cultural interest and international appeal.
The Exhibition will be articulated between the Central Pavilion at the Giardini, the Arsenale, and Forte Marghera, including 114 participants in competition coming from 46 countries with increased representation from Africa, Latin America, and Asia. In addition to the invited participants, the Biennale Architettura 2020 also includes Stations+Cohabitats, researchers out of competition on the themes of the Exhibition and developed by universities around the world. Organised in five scales between the Arsenale and the Central Pavilion at the Giardini, the Exhibition also presents large installations connected to one of the five scales, which will be placed in the external spaces of the Arsenale and the Giardini.
“How will we play together?” is the project devoted to children’s play at Forte Marghera, presented by five architects and an architectural photographer.
La Biennale di Venezia and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London for the fifth consecutive year present British Mosques, the Applied Arts Pavilion Special Project (Arsenale, Sale d’Armi).
Collaborating with author and architect Shahed Saleem, the pavilion looks at the self-built and often undocumented world of adapted mosques. Three case studies will examine the Brick Lane mosque, a former Protestant chapel then Synagogue; Old Kent Road mosque housed in a former pub; and Harrow Central mosque, a purpose-built space that sits next door to the converted terraced house it used to occupy. Realized by La Biennale di Venezia
The National Participations are 63, in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. Three are participating for the first time at the Biennale Architettura: Grenada, Iraq and Uzbekistan. The Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale, sponsored and promoted by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e per il Turismo, Direzione Generale Creatività contemporanea, is curated by Alessandro Melis.
The Biennale Architettura 2020 is made possible by the support of Rolex, Partner and Official Watch for the event. We wish to thank the sponsors of the 17th Exhibition: Artemide, Edison, JTI (Japan Tobacco International), Vela – Venezia Unica, Paola Lenti and Trenitalia Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane. Thanks go to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.