The OMA, an international partnership practising architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis has partnered with Prada to launch an exhibition at the Venice Biennale.
The event is a contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years (in odd years) in Venice, Italy. The Venice Film Festival is part of it, as is the Venice Biennale of Architecture, which is held in even years.
The exhibition occupies eight rooms and includes a detailed model of the future Fondazione Prada in Milan, a museum designed by OMA and due to start construction soon.
The exhibition appears at Ca’ Corner della Regina, a former palazzo, alongside highlights from the Prada Fondazione collection.
The model is intended as a tool to develop the Fondazione’s curatorial strategy, featuring works from the Fondazione collection in handmade miniature versions.
OMA’s development of the steel “sponge” material for the Fondazione’s façade is also on display.
Large-scale photographs, drawings and models of OMA’s Prada Transformer (completed in Seoul in 2009) are featured together with works from the Fondazione’s collection, including Italian minimalist Enrico Castellani, German artist Andreas Slominski, and, in a secret room, Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg.
The 18th century Ca’ Corner della Regina, overlooking the Grand Canal, is currently undergoing renovation to become a new space for contemporary art, under the auspices of the Fondazione Prada and Fondazione Musei Civici.
The project, to be carried out over the next six years, will restore the landmark for use as a centre for exhibitions, research and study dedicated to contemporary culture.
OMA is also collaborating with the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg on a retrospective of the poetry and sculpture of Russian artist Dmitry Prigov (1940–2007), whose work was recently donated by the Prigov family to the Hermitage.