Japan's modernization, beginning with the import of Western civilization, reached its peak during the Osaka Expo '70. However, the oil crisis and environmental pollution led to a critical situation, causing architects to reexamine modernism. Young architects experimented with small houses to suggest a new vision of the city, while others researched the real city and history to fight against oblivion and oppression. This exhibition delves into architectural projects and historical perspectives from Japan in the 1970s, showcasing the essential power of architecture and presenting suggestions for modern life.
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...