Design as Politics’ Professor Wouter Vanstiphout together with his office Crimson Architectural Historians and FAT Architecture, is curating the exhibition of the Britsh Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
The exhibition titled A Clockwork Jerusalem will explore how the international influences of Modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. It examines how traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction were absorbed to create a specifically British form of Modernism.
The exhibition focusses on the mature flowering of British Modernism; the moment it was at its most ambitious socially, politically and architecturally, but which also witnessed its collapse. A variety of large scale projects offer insights into the way architecture was central to manufacturing a new vision of society at a scale inconceivable in today’s Britain. It will explore how the modern future of Britain was built from an unlikely combination of interests and show how these projects have changed our physical and imaginative landscapes.
The Venice Biennale will be open to the public from 7 June to 23 November 2014, with preview days on the 5 and 6 June. The title chosen by curator Rem Koolhaas for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition is Fundamentals. The British Pavilion, is located in the Giardini. All national pavilions have been asked to respond to a common theme – Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 – exploring the history of architecture in their country during this period, with its own particular emphasis and originality. In total 66 national participations will be exhibiting in 2014, in the historic pavilions of the Giardini but also as part of the Arsenale, and across the city of Venice.