Rem Koolhaas to direct 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

Jan 9, 2013
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After many months of rumours, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) founder Rem Koolhaas has been announced as Director of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Taking over from last year’s director David Chipperfield, Koolhaas will be specifically responsible for curating the 14th International Architecture Exhibition to be held next year.

President of the Biennale’s Board of Directors, Paolo Baratta, said: “The Architecture Exhibitions of the Biennale have gradually grown in importance internationally. Rem Koolhaas, one of the most significant personalities among the architects of our time – who has based all his work on intense research, now renowned celebrity – has accepted to engage himself in yet another research and, why not, rethinking.”

In a statement on the official Biennale website, Koolhaas said that he wants to “take a fresh look at the fundamental elements of architecture – used by any architect, anywhere, anytime – to see if we can discover something new about architecture.”

Koolhaas received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Architecture Biennale and the 2000 Pritzker Prize for his architectural endeavours and also his research work through AMO.

The Institute will invite expressions of interest for the role of 2014 Creative Director for the Australian Pavilion at the Biennale in March. For more information, click here.

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