Modernity - Promise or Menace?


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.

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