The future stops first at Cersaie
by Andrea Serri
Date:February 13, 2017
One of the most important cultural and architecture exhibitions in the whole world, the Venice Biennale of Architecture is a peculiar high-quality venue where the mere exhibition of projects, installations and solutions leaves the place to the interpretation of what Le Corbusier would call “a fact of art, a phenomenon that elicits emotion, outside of the problems of construction, beyond them.”
A central role in interpreting architecture during a particular historical period is fulfilled by the curators of the exhibition: the 2016 edition had already made a break with the past under the direction of Alejandro Aravena who had given it deep social connotations – a different approach from what had been seen up to then. In 2018 this experience continues, with a new and double surprise: the Board has appointed Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara as curators of the 16th Intl. Architecture Exhibition: two architects from the Dublin-based Studio Grafton Architects, dressing this art with their ‘feminine’ view.
Visitors to the Biennale will be able to admire these innovations in full colour May 2018. On the other hand, those who visited Cersaie in September have already experienced Grafton Architects live at the Architecture Gallery. Their conference ‘An Arena For Learning’, which was introduced by Fulvio Irace, focused on enhancement of youth education through architecture of universities and places of learning, and on how to promote exchange of ideas and debate between various branches of learning’. A successful conference with record high attendance, proving Cersaie a privileged meeting point for high-profile architecture as well as a cultural crossroads. A really successful meeting, which we happily propose here in its unabridged version.
13 February 2017
[ Editorial of Cer Magazine NEWS n. 1-2/2017, the Ceramics of Italy e-magazine ]