Tomorrow, the Venice Architecture Biennale opens – as the first major public architecture event since the pandemic struck more than a year ago. When it does, Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer will be displaying the works of hundreds of artists and architects across the city. Rietmeyer was invited to participate by the Biennale in 2009, and afterwards wanted to create his own exhibitions under the umbrella of the Biennale. His exhibitions have grown over the years, and have become known as the independent European Cultural Centre. A+A interviewed him via email recently – about this year’s iteration of his ongoing exhibition, Time Space Existence:
What is Time Space Existence?
As an artist, these topics were always the most important for me. I found that in the world of architects these subjects are often even more relevant. That is why I decided to give our Venice Bienniale architecture exhibitions that title.
By focusing upon these topics, I want to make the more philosophical topics in art and architecture more present, so that not only artists and architects with one-time, eye-catching gimmicks and jokes are considered worthy to present by the media.
The scope of the work?
We show a very wide range of projects at the Venice Biennale. Not just models and photos, but room installations and all kind of other ways in which the architects projects and dreams can be made to communicate with the public.
Who are the designers involved?
There are over 200 architects and designers from over 50 countries. Some who have made a worldwide recognized name for themselves but also those who just finished university and dream of the best future for themselves and all of us.
Inspiration for the exhibition?
We care about the future of the world as a whole, and we believe that doing nothing is not an option.
Where will it be displayed?
Our exhibition is at Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Bembo in the centre of Venice, as well in the Giardini Marinaressa.
How long will it run?
The official opening for the public is May 22 and it will stay open until Nov. 21, 2022.
For more, go here.