La Biennale di Venezia, 56th International Art Exhibition: All the World’s Futures

Venice, Italy

  • Status
  • Category
    Exhibitions and Installations
  • Client:
    La Biennale di Venezia
  • Curator
    Okwui Enwezor
  • Exhibition Design
    Adjaye Associates
  • Institution/Venue
    La Biennale di Venezia

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The spaces are about engagement with people, an engagement with dialogue, with a discussion of art, and an engagement with different ways of seeing the world.

Adjaye Associates designed a 6,400 m² temporary museum to house a portion of the work of some 136 artists exhibiting at the 56th International Art Exhibition: All the World’s Futures. The project was conceived within the remarkable 316m long 16th century pre-industrial ship building depot in Venice’s Arsenale district. Matching Okwui Enwezor’s curatorial vision, the design seeks to offer multiple conditions for experiencing art – an unfolding of typologies – drawing visitors through the exhibition with compelling and immersive experiences.

Intended to be multi-nodal and multi-sensory, the full length of the Corderie building is an enfilade of chambers that flow through a range of spatial conditions from intimacy, to control and finally to expansion. It is an exhibition where design and curation are very closely intertwined and the museum offers a scenography that works in tandem with the thematic spine of the curation.

Adjaye Associates also created the ARENA – an active space dedicated to continuous live programming across disciplines – located within the Central Pavilion of the Giardini. Offering a new paradigm for the treatment of contemporary performance art, the ARENA  serves as a gathering-place of the spoken word, the art of the song, recitals, film projections, and a forum for public discussions. A multi-directional chamber, the structure offers a range of viewing experiences that encourage the idea of exhibition as stage.