VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2010

By danielle

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Kristin, Chris and I will be in Venice to see the Biennale on September 27, but we just could not wait to see what this year’s architectural exhibit has in store. Thanks to our Italian blogger Mircea Masserini, we don’t have to. She was kind enough to take us inside the Hungarian Pavilion and give us a taste of what’s ahead.

It is very hard to summarize an entire Biennale so, I won’t.   Let’s just say it shows that a woman directed the Biennale this year.  Mrs. Kazuyo Sejima has been able to put together one of the best Architecture Biennales of the last decade.

Among the 53 National Participations, and the 58 participants of the exhibition “People meet in architecture,” I picked out one of my fav: the Hungarian Pavilion with the installation BorderLINE Architecture.

Well, it’s not exactly an every-day on the press kind of country, even if part of Europe it’s quite rarely on the news.  But with this discrete yet great installation Hungary capture our overexposed mind.

Ninety kilometers of rope, twenty thousand pencils and hundreds of drawings are used in the installation.

The concept created by two young designers, Marcel Ferencz and Andor Wesselényi-Garay, relates both to the sensation of geographical borderlineness and the dissimilarity between various architectural attitudes. BorderLINE Architecture is presented as an installation medium in the Hungarian Pavilion the spatial design of which is based on the physical manifestation of the line and the visual representation of the living, drawn line. Because architects still draw. But also how they draw is interesting.

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