Exhibitions 2002

LATVIA

I Official Participation at La Biennale di Venezia
8. International Architecture Exhibition

Castle of Light

Organization: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art
Commissioner: Arvils Asheradens
Architect: Gunnar Birkerts
The Artists Group “Ma1z3”: Linards Kulless, Una Meiberga, Simona Veilande, Voldemars Johansons
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The theme and core of our exhibition is the project for the new National Library building by the outstanding Latvian architect Gunnar Birkerts. Although the first sketches had already appeared in 1989, the project has developed over time and the political decision to construct the building has only just been taken. In Latvia the new building has been called the Castle of Light or the Glass Mountain because of the recognizable allusions to images from Latvian folklore in its brilliant architectural form. The architect’s profound understanding of the Latvian essence is embodied in the building’s modern form and it has become a national symbol.
We look upon the Castle of Light as the expression of the Latvian identity. The approach of the young artists’ group Ma1z3 is to play on architectural metaphors from various angles in space and from various points in time. “Expressive architecture”, says Birkerts, “the form expresses the content”, add the theorists. By thematising the semantics of architecture, the artists record the origins of symbolism.
The body of the building will not only contain information technologies, but also behind its visible silhouette will be the unforgotten past. Looking at the Glass Mountain we think of light flashing along optic fibres but somewhere the feeling comes that we are home. Is it the pure Latvian form, or the ridges of a thatched roof, or a greeting to the spires of Old Riga across the Daugava? Birkerts does not offer the answers – from both the interior and the exterior, our National Library encourages us to find out. Yes, the exhibition will help you to perceive the library; I am sure that you will have noticed, heard and scented a part of Latvia.

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TAIWAN

8. International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

Palazzo delle Prigioni, San Marco, Venice

“2050 VISION TAIWAN - NEXT EXIT”

Organization: Taiwan Museum of Art

Commissioner and Curator: Wuh-kuen LEE
Deputy Commissioners: Paolo De Grandis, Wan-ju WANG, Shu-ping SHIH
Architects: Kris YAO & Artech Architec
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Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) is one of the largest BOT project currently in the world and the most important infrastructure project for Taiwan in the beginning of the new millennium. While it is expected to be completed and begin operation by the year of 2005, it will highly improve the transportation connection between the northern and southern part of the island, and also create exciting opportunities for new urban developments along the total of 345 km rail line. Both are vital for the future economic prospect of Taiwan. 
Among six stations, Hsinchu station stands out as one of the finest in terms of design innovation and quality. Due to it’s location, Hsinchu station will become a significant gateway between 2 major science parks and play a crucial role in Taiwan’s vision of an green silicon-island. 
The exhibition will be experienced through multiple human senses: 
Visual: multiple layering exhibition / video and image projection / Multimedia application 
Sound: the regulated interval of train noise will interrupt the traditional / Modern Taiwanese music played in the background to symbolize the presence and impact of the new high speed rail to Taiwan. 
Tactile: the physical materials / texture / construction system - Wood, stone, metal, glass…etc. will be applied and transformed into the installation works of the exhibition. 
The design intention of Taiwan Pavilion is not only to express the vision that is brought to light by the high speed rail or the quality of architectural design, but also to communicate the essence of Taiwanese culture with the world through the universal language/art and architecture.

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UKRAINE

I Official Participation at La Biennale di Venezia
8. International Architecture Exhibition  

Chairman of Organizing Committee: Professor Ihor Shpara, President of the Union of Architects of Ukraine
Commissioner: Valentin Rayevsky
Deputy Commissioner: Paolo De Grandis
Director of the Project: Professor Yuriy Bilokon, Director of Ukrainian State Scientific-Research Institute of Urban Planning “Dipromisto”
Organizators: New Creative Association Fund, Kiev; Arte Communications, Venice

Ukraine successively integrates into social and economic space of Europe and Asia.
At the same time Ukraine was successful in keeping and consolidating relations with the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Just today, against a background of architecture sensation the elaboration of “the common town-planning and common to all state document”, controlling the territory development of new-formed independent country- “General Planning Scheme for the territory of Ukraine”,- becomes more actual and interesting for the direction of “The First Ukrainian Project in 8. Architecture Biennale”.
Ukraine is Motherland of Malevich, Tatlin, Chernikov and many other heroes and authors of romantic and bloody utopias of the XX century.
For the first time country during the history of its existence has received and established its own new strategy of development. And it is not all the Utopia.
This Project was taken as a guide to action and approved by the law of Ukraine dated February 7th, 2002.
On the deepest theoretical base of searching the unique planning scheme for the territory of Ukraine, which allows for geopolitical, geographical, historical, social and other aspects, was create. We propose it as a platform of long program for development.

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