OMA-founder Rem Koolhaas has been officially named as the next curator of the Venice Architecture Biennale
The 68-year-old Dutch architect supersedes David Chipperfield who curated last year’s global architecture festival.The appointment comes four months after AJ reported Koolhaas was tipped for the top job in the weeks following the opening of the last biennale.
In a change to tradition, Koolhaas’ beinnale will start on 7 June instead of at the end of August, making the event run at least 12 weeks longer.
Indicating his ambitions for the next showcase in 2014, Koolhaas said he planned to ‘give a new look’ to architecture’s basic elements ‘to see if we can discover something new about architecture.’
The festival’s board, chaired by Paolo Baratta, formally appointed the star architect to the role today.
Baratta praised Koolhaas as one of the most important architects practising today.
He said: ‘The Architecture Exhibitions of the Biennale have gradually grown in importance internationally.
‘Rem Koolhaas, one of the most significant personalities among the architects of our time - who has based all his work on intense research, now renowned celebrity - has accepted to engage himself in yet another research and, why not, rethinking.’
The high-profile architect won the biennale’s Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in 2010.