Sejima announces theme for 12th Venice Architecture Biennale

Jan 31, 2010
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Kazuyo Sejima, director of the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, has announced the theme for this year’s exhibition will be ‘People meet in Architecture’.

Architects from 54 countries will participate in the exhibition, which runs from 29 August until 21 November 2010 at venues across the city.

Sejima, director of Japanese practice SANAA, announced the theme, saying: “The idea is to help people relate to architecture, help architecture relate to people and help people relate to themselves.”

She added that separate spaces would be allocated for each architect or theme, allowing participants to be their own curators. “In this way, contributors will design their own space and make presentations that consider the experience of the visitor both physically and conceptually. It will be a series of spaces rather than a series of objects,” she said.

Sejima and Paolo Baratta, President of the Biennale, also announced two new projects for this year’s event: Architecture Saturdays, and the greater involvement of the Universities.

As part of Architecture Saturdays, a series of conversations, performances and weekly discussions with international architects, critics and personalities will take place every Saturday for the duration of the exhibition. Meetings will be lead by Sejima, as well as every director of former editions of the Biennale – including Vittorio Gregotti, Paolo Portoghesi, Francesco Dal Co, Hans Hollein, Massimiliano Fuksas, Deyan Sudjic, Kurt W. Forster, Richard Burdett, and Aaron Betsky.

Meanwhile, the University project will provide an opportunity for students from Italian and European schools to present and develop a specific theme coherent with the contents of the Exhibition, to be discussed during a forum in one of the Biennale venues.

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