Architecture Biennale 2016

On the occasion of the Architecture Biennale 2016, that will take place in the Giardini and the Arsenale and in various othervenues in Venice, PDG Arte Communications can provide a wide range of exhibition spaces in Venice and all the necessary services to organise an exhibition 

PDG Arte Communications manages different locations in Venice such as prestigious Palaces, like Palazzo Lezze that for instance registered 58.000 visitors during the last Art Biennale or Palazzo BarbaroCa’ Garzoni and venues close to the Venice Biennale like the spaces behind the Chiesa della Pietàor many others buildings just opposite the entrance of the Arsenale.

The 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be held  from May 28th to November 27th 2016 (Preview May 26th and 27th). The title chosen by curator Alejandro Aravena for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition is: REPORTING FROM THE FRONT. 

“REPORTING FROM THE FRONT will be about bringing to a broader audience, what is it like to improve the quality of life while working on the margins, under tough circumstances, facing pressing challenges. Or what does it take to be on the cutting edge trying to conquer new fields. 

We will present cases and practices where creativity was used to take the risk to go even for a tiny victory because when the problem is big, just a one-millimeter improvement is relevant; what may be required is to adjust our notion of success, because achievements on the frontlines are relative, not absolute.

We are very aware that the battle for a better built environment is a collective effort that will require everybody’s force and knowledge. That is why we would like this Biennale to be inclusive, listening to stories, thoughts and experiences coming from different backgrounds: The Architects, The Civil society, The Leaders, The National Pavilions.”

Excerpted from Alejandro Aravena statement.

Biennale Architettura 2016

Biennale Architettura 2016

Open18 - Interview with Paolo De Grandis

Open18 - Interview with Paolo De Grandis



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Paolo De Grandis, creator of the Collateral Events

"The budget of the organizer: Arte Communications has "launched" the idea of outdoor pavilions."

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He reached the milestone of 110 exhibition initiatives - including national pavilions and collateral exhibitions - in about twenty years in and around the Visual Arts Bienniale with PDG Arte Communications from the Venetian Paolo De Grandis, that for this year's edition will cure the organization of four outdoor pavilions: the Azerbaijan Pavilion at Palazzo Lezze, the Ecuador Pavilion as first appearance in the event at the Institute Santa Maria della Pietà, the Georgian Pavilion in the Sale d’Armi - Arsenale and the Andorra Pavilion at Spiazzi, always in the Arsenale.

Plus some other collateral exhibitions of Asian artists, because from the East initiated this long "adventure" of exhibitions, which has created over time a real phenomenon: that, exactly, of the outdoor pavilions from the Giardini. and now Arsenale - and scattered around the city, which are now more numerous than those interiors.

<<It was 1995>>, remembers De Grandis, <<when "I suggested to Gian Luigi Rondi, then President of the Biennale, to insert in the Event, while exposing outside of the Gardens, some Asian countries who wanted to participate in the exhibition, but for which there were no spaces: Taiwan, Latvia and Estonia among the first. Since then I started to get in touch with the Ministries of Culture of Asian countries that could potentially be interested in taking part in the Biennale and during those years precisely Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao were the most presented countries at the Biennale, among the "new". Now unpublished attendance is covering mainly Latin American countries. This year arrives for the first time at the Biennale the Ecuador, for example, but other countries from this region which have never been present before will come in the future >>.

The shift in the historical center of the halls of many foreign countries has also aided the recovery in this very purpose of Venetian palaces largely unused and now with the opportunity to "live" during the period of the Biennale.

<<This year for example>>, concludes De Grandis, << we will use for this purpose between the newcomer Ca 'Garzoni, former university, and Palazzo Barbaro>>.

(Enrico Tantucci)