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Venice Dispatch: Monditalia at the Venice Biennale

The second main exhibition in this year's Rem Koolhaas-directed Venice Architecture Biennale is a "scan" of Italian cultural, political, and economic life in a sprawling series of work. The show, titled Monditalia, fills the Corderie in Venice's Arsenale—a long, brick-columned space once used to make rope for the Venetian navy. It includes views of Italian architecture, but it also includes art, film, dance performances, and other programming presented in conjunction with the organizers of Venice's other biennial exhibitions. The goal, according to Koolhaas, is to present a portrait of Italy as a "fundamental" country, a characterization he explains as a place with a singular history but one that also faces challenges found in many other parts of the world. Click the image below to view highlights from the exhibition. 

June 5, 2014
Photo © Architectural Record
The entry to Monditalia in Venice's Arsenale.

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