The French Pavilion in the Venice Biennale explores France's relationship with modernity, focusing on four episodes that represent the contradictory nature of modernity. These episodes are presented in a large-screen film and include topics such as the rejection of modern single-family houses, the utopian ideas of Jean Prouvé, the hegemony of heavy concrete panels, and the ambiguity of projects built outside the city. The pavilion aims to show how France has shaped modernity rather than merely absorbing it since 1914, with architects and engineers responding to the expectations of different components of society.
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...