Venice Biennale Postponed Due to Coronavirus


Venice’s Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, has been postponed by several months because of worries surrounding the coronavirus.

The event will now be held from Saturday, Aug. 29 (preview 27-28) through Sunday, Nov. 29, instead of from May 23, through Nov. 29, as previously announced.

“The new dates for the Biennale Architettura have been established as a consequence of the recent precautionary measures in the matter of mobility taken by the governments of a growing number of countries around the world, which will have a domino effect on the movement of people and works in coming weeks,” according to a press released.

“This period of time coincides with the delicate initial phase of setting up an international exhibition as complex as the Biennale Architettura, which involves architects and institutions from over 60 countries on all continents.”

The news went on to say that a short-term postponement could be “ineffective,” considering the complexity of the event and how important it is for everyone involved to be present.

“This way, considering that the following week, Sept. 2 is the opening date of the 77th Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera (through Sept. 12), at the end of the summer, with the almost concurrent opening of these two historic exhibitions, La Biennale will offer Venice and the world a moment of great cultural interest and international appeal.”

Earlier this month, Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia, and Sarkis announced the list of participants for this year.

In total, the event will bring together 114 designers and architecture firms that will be laid out in a series of different themes, focusing on topic that range from technology and political to the human body and global systems.

Chicago architects Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner were selected last year as the curators for the United States Pavilion at the Biennale.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Asia Pacific; Conferences; COVID-19; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Latin America; North America; Public spaces; Safety; Z-Continents

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