Kingdom of Bahrain
The Bahrain exhibition assesses the remnants of the pan-Arab project, born with modernism in the early 20th century. Colonial ambitions for modernization influenced the modernist project across the Arab world. Attempts to reconcile local customs with the technological innovations of the time began from the 1950s to the '70s. Neoliberal ideals replaced this as the new norm from the 1980s. The exhibition includes 100 buildings to preserve the architectural heritage of the Arab world.
Supermarket sweep… the Latvian pavilion which has been transformed into a minimart.
This contribution brings a little levity to the long trek through the halls of the Arsenale.
Choice as the basis of architectural process, the pop aesthetics emphasizing the languages of consumption as in Hamilton or Warhol: everything is structured by the dynamics of commerce.
Welcome to T/C Latvija, surely the most instagrammed installation of this edition of the Biennale
Smart? Brilliant? Ironic?
Latvia is reopening the archive boxes once again, reminding us (including the Biennial Presidency) of everything that has already been thought up and invented, and inviting us to place the most urgently needed products in the basket, to combine them with one another, and ultimately consume all the knowledge.
Fun, colourful and thought-provoking, it offers a tongue-in-cheek moment to the Arsenale sequence...