Monolith Controversies


The Chilean Pavilion at the 2014 Venice International Architecture Exhibition showcased a large concrete panel produced in 1972 by an industry donated by the Soviet Union to Chile for the fulfillment of the social housing program. The panel was signed by Salvador Allende, and after the 1973 coup d'état in Chile, Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship covered up the signature and added a religious altarpiece with representations of the Virgin and Child. The panel was exhibited to unfold the different controversies it contains and extend a political ontology to this architectural element, portraying modernity through the vicissitudes of a concrete panel.

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