La Biennale di Venezia
Venice, 26.05 - 25.11 2018

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16th International Architecture Exhibition
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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, that runs from May 26th to November 25th 2018 in the Giardini and Arsenale venues, and in other locations in Venice. The Biennale Architettura 2018 is titled FREESPACE, a word which describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda.

With the theme of FREESPACE, the Biennale Architettura 2018 presents for public scrutiny examples, proposals, elements - built or unbuilt - of work that exemplifies essential qualities of architecture which include the modulation, richness and materiality of surface; the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing  the embodied power and beauty of architecture.


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The architects invited 

71 architects from all over the world make responses to the Manifesto by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, in order to reveal the freespace ingredient embedded in their work.

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National Participations

The pluralism of voices which is a hallmark of La Biennale di Venezia

63 Participating Countries in the Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice.  6 Countries participate for the first time: Antigua & Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Holy See.

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Collateral Events

12 events in locations around Venice 

Exhibitions and initiatives enriching the diversity of voices that characterizes the International Art Exhibition.

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Special Projects



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Meetings on Architecture

Open Tables, Conferences, Screenings

A programme of events to take place during the 16th Exhibition from May to November 2018.

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Freespace Films - Special Screenings

A programme of film-based work, both documentary and descriptive, that complement the diverse responses, interpretations and qualities drawn from the FREESPACE Manifesto.

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Giardini della Biennale

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Free guided tour of the Arsenale

A program of free guided tours to get to know the history of the Arsenale and of the spaces currently used by the Biennale.

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Biennale Educational


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