Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., visits the Venice Architecture Biennale

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., visits the Venice Architecture Biennale

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., visits the Venice Architecture Biennale

The Taoiseach visited the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice on Wednesday 25th July 2018.

This year is a very special year for Ireland at Venice as Grafton Architects were selected as overall curators for the exhibition which is the largest and most renowned platform for architecture in the world. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council.

The two architects, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, were driven to create the best possible exhibition in Venice to honour Ireland at this key international platform and they included 71 participants.  The exhibition is entitled “Freespace” and is open until November 26th 2018.

The Taoiseach said “We are especially proud that, for the first time in the history of the Biennale, the exhibition is being curated by two Irish architects.  It fits in with our vision that Ireland should be seen as an island of creativity “.

The level of Irish participation is unprecedented.  Prominent Irish architectural firms, O'Dobnnell +Toumey and deBlacam and Meagher, are included in the main exhibition alongside Niall McLaughlin, now leading a London based award winning practice. Sixteen younger Irish architectural firms are to present in a Special Section, Close Encounter, meeting with remarkable projects. Further the graphic identity of the Biennale and the catalogues are by Irish design studio, Atelier Project. This level of Irish participation communicates and celebrates Ireland's creativity and marks an important point for Irish architecture and design globally. 

Ireland’s National Pavlion

Entitled “Free Market”, the exhibition highlights the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns whose marketplaces have undergone fundamental change in recent times. The project proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community and to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town marketplace.

The team of co-curators behind the selection for Ireland's national presentation is made up of a team of architects: Laurence Lord (AP+E), Orla Murphy (Custom), Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction) and Miriam Delaney (DIT).

Free Market’, will tour towns in Ireland in 2019 following its presentation in Venice.

Photo from left to right:
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE;
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland;
Manuela Lucà-Dazio, Head of the Visual Arts and Architecture Department, La Biennale di Venezia;
Colm Ó Floinn, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy;
Valerie Behan, Director of Grant Programmes, Culture Ireland;
Valentina Borsato, Director of Administration, Finance, Management Supervision and Sponsorship, Promotion, La Biennale di Venezia

Photo: Andrea Avezzù
Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia

Posted: 27.07.18