The British Council today launched an open call for exhibition proposals for the British Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. The Biennale will take place from 7 June to 23 November 2014. The title of the 2014 Biennale is 'Fundamentals' and overall Director Rem Koolhaas has called on national pavilions to respond to the theme 'Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014'.
Reflecting the aim of creating a major exhibition-research project, Koolhaas is keen to introduce a degree of coordination and coherence among the national pavilions. This open call invites proposals for an exhibition in the British Pavilion that responds to the theme 'Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014'. This should be taken as the starting point for proposals that will explore the theme by investigating an aspect of British architecture during in this era.
Architecture in the Twentieth century was shaped by powerful social, economic and political forces (for Koolhaas’s full statement see www.britishcouncil.org/backoftheenvelope) Architects and ideas travelled around the world more than ever before; and radical new ideas in art, culture and design sought to break with the past. We are particularly interested in proposals that examine how British architecture adapted to the condition of modernity.
To develop the exhibition the appointed research and curatorial unit will work collaboratively with the British Council, which will be responsible for project managing the exhibition, managing the exhibition book, and developing a programme of events. Deadline for submissions is 21 June 2013. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 5 July and an announcement will be made on 10 July 2013.
The full brief can be downloaded here. The competition can also be found on WAN's Business Information Service.