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May 22 – November 21, 2021
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For the Danish contribution to the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, curator Marianne Krogh and architects Lundgaard & Tranberg are creating a sensory space focused on water as a phenomenon.
The exhibiting architects Lundgaard & Tranberg worked with the phenomenon of water in designing the pavilion. Water has an immediate poetry about it that has inspired people since the dawn of humanity, and across ages and cultures. At the same time, water is a resource that is under increasing pressure as the impact of humans on the planet grows – drinking water shortages, polluted waterways, rising sea levels and human lives lost in attempts to cross water are just some of the challenges manifested in water.
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In the pavilion, visitors will become part of a sensory space where water is experienced in tamed, processed and boundless forms. Lene Tranberg, architect, explains: “The Biennale’s overriding theme, ‘How will we live together?’ has inspired us to focus on the concept of ‘connectedness’. Taking water as the physical element that connects all life on Earth as our point of departure, we’re creating a spatial architectural exhibition where water is experienced in tamed, processed and boundless states. Utilizing water as a phenomenon intensifies the experience of the pavilion’s architecture, while the social interaction that develops among the visitors within the space points to the outside world. The architecture also accentuates water, encouraging us to sense and reflect on our connectedness with others and the world, existentially and culturally.”
About curator Marianne Krogh
Marianne Krogh holds a M.A. degree in art history from Aarhus University and Ph.D. from Aarhus School of Architecture. She has worked for many years at Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin and Copenhagen and as a publishing editor at Strandberg Publishing. She has been commissioner of the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale and curated two Danish contributions to the Sao Paulo Biennale. Behind her, Marianne Krogh has a small team of curators who live in J.F. Willumsen’s old studio villa in Hellerup.
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About Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects was founded in 1985 by Boje Lundgaard and Lene Tranberg. Today, the studio is led by Lene Tranberg together with the six partners, Peter Thorsen, Filip Heiberg, Henrik Schmidt, Erik Frandsen, Trine Troelsen and Nikolaj Richter-Friis. In November 2020, the studio expanded with ten aditional partners.
For more than twenty years, the studio has positioned itself as one of Denmark’s most recognized and award-winning architectural studios and has been published in books and leading journals worldwide. The studio’s main works include Tietgenkollegiet in Ørestaden, Axel Towers at Tivoli, Kannikegården in Ribe, SEB Bank at Kalvebod Brygge, Sorø Kunstmuseum and Skuespilhuset.
Photo: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Anthology Related to the Exhibition
The book aims to capture the most important positions in the volatile debate surrounding the state of the planet, gathered under the question: How do we live together? And who are we when we are not only humans but also nature?
The English anthology contains contributions from almost 100 Danish and international authors, researchers, philosophers, artists and architects, including Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, Peter Weibel, Greta Thunberg, Björk, Connie Hedegaard, Minik Rosing, Carsten Jensen, Josefine Klougart, SUPERFLEX and Tomás Saraceno.
The Architecture Biennale in Venice
The International Architecture Biennale in Venice is the world’s largest architectural event and takes place every two years. More than 60 countries are participating with exhibitions in the historic pavilions in the Giardini area, at the Arsenal and around the city.
The Danish Architecture Center has been appointed by the Ministry of Culture as commissioner for the official Danish contribution to the 17th International Architecture Biennale in Venice – La Biennale di Venezia.