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Venice Biennale 2014 - Introduction

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Will Hurst introduces the 2014 Venice Biennale

Can’t make it to Venice this year?

Well, fear not: we’ve produced an ‘all you need to know’ guide to ‘Fundamentals’, this year’s intriguing Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas. Venice’s 14th international architecture exhibition opens this week and to mark the occasion we’ve devoted this week’s issue to the Biennale, outlining the eclectic contents of the British and Irish pavilions along with Scotland’s emerging contribution.

First up is an in-depth profile of the British offering, ‘A Clockwork Jerusalem’, curated by Sam Jacob and Wouter Vanstiphout. This explores the wildly imaginative and often bucolic influences on post-war architecture and planning and also the impact of the resulting utopian visions on popular culture. This section culminates in a manifesto of sorts - how the curators believe we must rediscover visionary and proactive planning to make the country a ‘more pleasant land’.

Next, Rakesh Ramchurn hears from Koolhaas’s co-curator Stephan Petermann of OMA on the Biennale and its three themes before looking at Neil Gillespies’ plans for Scotland’s month-long residency in October. This is followed by a guide to the infrastructure-themed Irish Pavilion by Tom Ravenscroft including a Q&A with curators Gary Boyd and John McLaughlin and, finally, a provocative essay on Koolhaas by Jay Merrick. Arrivederci!

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  • Visitors to Venice should also get out into the wider city where, beyond the Giardini and the Arsenale, there are lots of interesting exhibitions as part of the official Bienalle which as a bonus give entry to some fine palazzos, including Time Space Existence at Palazzo Mora which includes Chance de Silva and Scanner's installation Vex in Venezia see:

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