ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture: How architecture has absorbed modernity
Rem Koolhaas, architect, author, teacher and curator of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, gives an overview on the three „conditions“ examined within the framework of the exhibition. Under the comprehensive title “Absorbing Modernity”, the national pavillons shed a light on the modernization that took place during the past hundred years – a modernization which questioned, challenged and finally transformed the various national cultures. Meanwhile, the exhibition called “Elements” which is on display in the Biennale Pavillon scrutinizes the elements of architecture, ranging from the archaic wall to the suspended ceiling. Finally, the “Monditalia” show, located in the Arsenale, highlights the discrepancies between a glorious past and the contemporary challenges which Italy, like many other nations, currently has to face. As part of “Monditalia”, the storytelling game “Friday in Venice” will be shown at the Arsenale between August 1 and August 17.