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National pavilions at the Venice Biennale

26.05.18 - 25.11.18

In the sphere of national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, participating countries have demonstrated different approaches to issues associated with free space. While Greece, Serbia or Finland highlighted the role of educational and cultural institutions in creating a space of freedom, others such as Switzerland or United States called attention to the delicate decisions relating to the domestic space. Venezuela, Uruguay or Australia, for their part, vindicate changes in urban and territorial policies, while Pakistan, Egypt or Ireland show their interest in the vernacular constructions of the traditional medium.

Some of the pavilions stand out for the spectacular presentation of their contents. This is the case with Germany, which in a monumental installation invites us to reflect on the frontier spaces and free fringes that accompany them based on the Berlin Wall experience. Switzerland’s intervention was widely applauded. It presents a denuded domestic space to involve the public in an entertaining and educational way (for example through changes in scale) in certain issues to do with design decisions. Croatia brought to the Biennale a pergola made in organic shapes from modern materials that seeks to represent the traditional Mediterranean reception and hospitality spaces capable of generating encounters in a setting of freedom. Argentina, for its part, approaches the question of free space from a territorial scale, for which it presents an effective and eye-catching installation recreating a virtually infinite natural space containing various examples of contemporary national architecture.


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