Rem Koolhaas reveals theme for Venice Biennale 2014


Director of Architecture Venice Biennale 2014, Rem Koolhaas, has announced the theme for the event: ‘Fundamentals’.

The aim is to chart the emergence of a “single modern language” in global architecture, Koollhaas said.

“Fundamentals will be a biennale about architecture, not architects,” he said at a press conference held by biennale president Paolo Baratta, at the event’s headquarters in San Marco, Venice.


Koolhaas, principal of Dutch office OMA, explained that the event will be focusing on histories and the “evolution of architecture” since the last 100 years.

“Architecture that were once specific and local have become interchangeable and global. National identity has seemingly been sacrificed to modernity,” he stated.

He concluded: “The exhibitions in the national pavilions will generate a global overview of architecture’s evolution into a single, modern aesthetic, and at the same time uncover within globalisation the survival of unique national features and mentalities that continue to exist and flourish even as international collaboration and exchange intensify.”

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