Venice Biennale German Pavilion 2018

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Venice Biennale German Pavilion 2018

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Pavilion of Germany at Venice Biennale 2018

Pavilion of Germany at Venice Biennale 2018

UNBUILDING WALLS

For 28 years, Germany has been united – exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961–1989). On the occasion of this parallel, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler are curating the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls” at the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

The exhibition responds to current debates on nations, protectionism and division and explores the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon.

Venice Biennale German Pavilion 2018 Unbuilding Walls exhibition

With reference to “Freespace,” the central theme of the Architecture Biennale proposed by Grafton Architects, special focus will be given to outstanding examples of urban and architectural design that address aspects of division and integration. By analyzing architectural projects on the former border strip, the question of what happened on this unprecedented void in the middle of a new capital will be examined. The heterogeneity of the multitude of approaches, typologies, protago- nists, and results show the breadth of architectural debates and solutions.

Venice Biennale German Pavilion Unbuilding Walls exhibition

Taking the experience of the inner-German Wall as a starting point, the exhibition will also examine historical as well as current barriers, fences and walls beyond Germany’s specic national perspective. In the course of the preparations for Unbuilding Walls a journalist team travelled to border walls around the world. This work will be shown at the German Pavilion as well.

Venice Biennale German Pavilion Unbuilding Walls exhibition 2018

The curators of the German Pavilion at Architecture Biennale 2018: Marianne Birthler and GRAFT founding partners Wolfram Putz, Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit | Photo: Jan Bitter

German Pavilion Unbuilding Walls exhibition Venice Biennale 2018

About GRAFT

GRAFT was founded in 1998 in Los Angeles by Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. With additional studios in Berlin and Beijing, the hybrid office works around the globe in the fields of architecture, urban development, design and communications and is known for its experimental and multi-disciplinary design approach.

Since its founding, the office has undertaken self-initiated projects alongside design commissions, including the SOLARKIOSK and its work as a founding partner of the Make It Right Foundation and with Heimat2. In 2014, GRAFT’s partners founded GRAFT Brandlab together with Linda Stannieder, a communications agency working at the intersection of architecture, design and branding. GRAFT comprises an interdisciplinary team of 150 employees.

Venice Biennale German Pavilion 2018

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About Marianne Birthler

Marianne Birthler is a German politician (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). She was part of the GDR opposition and the rst freely elected People’s Parliament in 1990. From 2000–2011 she was the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic. She is active in several committees, among which is the Council of the Berlin Wall Memorial.

Location: Giardini della Biennale, Castello 1260, 30122 Venezi




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