Venice architecture Biennale opens a year later on May 22


MILAN (AP) - A year after being postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Venice Architecture Biennale opens on May 22 for a six-month run under strict virus protocols, officials said Monday.

The exhibition brings together 63 countries for the main show under the theme “How will we live together?”.

The title was chosen before the pandemic forced the postponement of the event, which was originally scheduled for 2020. Yet curator Hashim Sarkis said, “The pandemic has asked the question … all the more relevant, if somewhat ironic, given the isolation the pandemic has imposed. "

The original concept was inspired by pressing problems in the world, he said, citing climate change, the massive displacement of the population,political polarization and growing racial, social, ethnic and economic inequalities. All of this “led us to this pandemic,” Sarkis said in a virtual presentation.

Sarkis, dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning, said he used the extra year to expand the exhibition into seven sections “to deepen the discussion about architecture and its important role in society today “. This includes the broadcast of the installation process, which is normally not open to the public, a collaboration with the dance biennial and satellite shows that will be based on the biennale after its conclusion on November 21. The protocols for visitors have not been set,but the president of the Biennale Roberto Cicutto said they would draw on the experiences from the film and dance departments that took place last year.

The Venice Film Festival, the first major in-person cinema presentation during the pandemic last September, attendees had to wear face masks during the screening and anyone who had traveled from outside Europe to take a COVID-19 test.

Travel between regions is still generally banned in Italy and the rules for the arrival of international tourists have not yet been established as tourism is expected to revive for the summer season.

The Architecture Biennale takes place every two years, alternating with the Contemporary Art Fair, which is planned for 2022.

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