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Venice Biennale: Tony Fretton's PiazzaSalone installation

Venice veteran Tony Fretton and artist Mark Pimlott have revealed pictures of their PiazzaSalone collaboration at the biannual architectural showcase

Installed within the salone 1.10 of the Corderia dell’Arsenale - outside this year’s British Pavilion curated by Muf - the exhibition is described as a ‘place whose character subtly shifts from the urban to the domestic through the placement and relations between representational objects.

The pair claim the installation responds to the 12th International Architecture Exhibition’s theme of People meet in architecture, curated by Kazuyo Sejima, by ‘making architecture and art that gives priority to experience of the present, understanding that it is affected by the past, by
association and fantasy’.

Among the pieces on display are:

Festoon, 2010: Xenon-filled lamps on festoon, cables and transformers.
from Mark Pimlott’s Guinguette (2000) in Birmingham, and La nuit (2009), in London
Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior, 1970: partially restored automobile.
La scala, 2010: painted wood , plywood and mdf.
from Mark Pimlott’s La scala (2003) in Aberystwyth, Wales
Lisson Ghost, 2010: painted mdf.
from Tony Fretton Architects’ Lisson Gallery (1992) in London
Trompe l’oeil, 2010: wood.
from Mark Pimlott’s a scaffold (1997)
Tietgens Ghost, 2010: painted mdf.
from Tony Fretton Architects’ Tietgens Ærgrelse office and apartment building in Copenhagen (2010)

The Venice Biennale opens to the public this Sunday (29 August).

Previous story (AJ 23.08.10)

Way to go: Venice Biennale iPhone app unveiled

The first iPhone app to help visitors find their way around the Venice Biennale has been launched

The ‘application’, which has been created by PR teams Flint Public Relations and Theresa Simon & Partners, is free to download from iTunes and will tell users where they are and what events and bars are nearby at the ’world’s greatest architecture event’.

Elias Redstone, curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale and formerly senior curator at London’s Architecture Foundation, said: ‘My abiding memory of Biennales is walking the streets, in increasingly frantic circles, sifting through a stack of timetables, press releases and maps to try to find the next pavilion or event. And then struggling to get a drink, let alone a meal, at the packed out restaurants and bars.’  

‘All that will be a thing of the past…’

See this week’s AJ for more coverage of the Venice Architecture Biennale and daily updates on the event from Thursday (26 August).


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