Benvenuti a Venezia!

As the opening of the La Biennale di Venezia draws closer, I will be jetting off to The City of Water on behalf of WAN to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by David Chipperfield and titled Common Ground.

Venice by Elena Collins

The official opening will be taking place on the 29th August which will include an awards ceremony where Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza will be receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. However, I’ve been luckily enough to get to Venice two days before the opening, in time to see the press previews of some of the most exciting pavilions to date, along with visiting some of the collateral events.

On the agenda so far I will be chatting with The Australian Institute of Architects about their exhibition, Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture, dropping into the British Pavilion to catch up with curator Vicky Richardson since our last discussion about The Venice Takeaway and off on a boat trip to celebrate the opening of the Finnish and Nordic pavilions.

Not only this I will going to see this year’s WAN Hotel of the Year Award winners The Oval Partnership who are curating this year Hong Kong pavilion, visiting The Way of the Enthusiasts, An exhibition dedicated to the relationship between Russian history, art and architecture. In my busy schedule I will also be having a tour with of the Canada pavilion, chatting with the Dutch curators as well as visiting the Swizz and German Pavilion.

The whole time I will there, I will be keeping you up to date with all the latest news from Venice including photos, interviews and tours. Also keep an idea out on twitter @worldarchnews where I will be tweeting my snaps and news. Next stop La Bella Italia…

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