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Clockwork Jerusalem to open at AA

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The UK’s Venice Biennale exhibition – A Clockwork Jerusalem – is set to open at the Architectural Association next month

The exhibition, put together for the British Pavilion by FAT and Crimson Architectural Historians, will be resurrected for a UK audience.

According to the British Council more than 134,000 visited the pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale.

The pavilion, which was one of the final projects by architecture practice FAT, responded to Rem Koolhaas’ theme of Absorbing Modernity by exploring the origins, projects and experience of British modernity.

The Venice exhibition featured a 7-metre diameter earth mound symbolising both the beginning and the end of modernism – from construction to demolition.

Visitors were also greeted by a pair of concrete cows on loan from Milton Keynes. The cows were originally produced by the artist Liz Leyh shortly after the post-war town was created in the late-seventies.

According to curator Sam Jacob both elements may make a reappearance at the London show.

‘We hope to have the mound in Bedford Square, and that the cows can also make the trip at least for a little while’, he said.

Jacob, added: ‘The show is being reconfigured to fit the gallery spaces of the AA, so it’s the same story thats begin told but maybe in a slightly different way.’

The exhibition opens in the AA Gallery on 9 May 2015 and runs until 6 June 2015.


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