Renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas recently announced “Fundamentals” to be the title of the 14th exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia (The Venice Biennale). The Biennale is an international contemporary art exhibit that occurs once every two years at Giardini Park in Venice, Italy, among other smaller venues located around the city. The fourteenth exhibition is scheduled for June 7th through November 23, 2014.
Aside from artwork, the Biennale also includes the Venice Film Festival and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Koolhaas, a founding partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), has been appointed curator of the architecture portion of the international exhibition. There are 40 countries scheduled to participate in the exhibition, including the United States whose Department of State has submitted the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to the Biennale since its inception in 1985.
The international exhibition was originally designed to establish a new market for contemporary art, but today has become an avenue for art and architecture to go beyond creating, as Koolhaas puts it, “the same stuff, with the same materials, in the same styles.” The Biennale Exhibition is a prime synthesis of culture, contemporary ideas, and innovative design. It is a place for architecture to explore new territories, and in doing so, seek to improve infrastructure and constructs of society on a global scale.