OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen + Bas Princen: 7 rooms 21 perspectives, Venice - Model 50

The installation that won the Venice Biennale Silver Lion for most promising young participant

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This installation, which won the Venice Biennale Silver Lion for a promising young participant in the exhibition, consists of two parts: a light fabric roof creating a kind of portico in front of an old brick storehouse with seven vaulted rooms and, in those rooms, photographs by Bas Princen of existing spaces, paired with perspectives and collages by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen of projects they have designed. Printed very large on aluminium, the images show a few of the multitude of ways in which architecture is currently mediated, represented and experienced both by architects and by artists as well as by people who are neither.

Most of the Bas Princen photographs are of anonymous buildings and some are of ruins; many of the OFFICE perspectives are of projects that were never built. Taken together, they invite questions about the value of architecture: can anonymous, undesigned buildings still be valuable, either as architecture, or as the basis for art? Of what value is the work that architects do for buildings that are never constructed?

The title of the exhibition, People Meet in Architecture, provides one answer to these questions, that the meeting of people in architecture doesn’t have to take place in buildings – instead it can be a conversation about the representation of buildings, one that creates new relationships not just between art and architecture, but between artists and architects.

More of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen’s work is featured in Phaidon’s 10x10_3.


By Sara Goldsmith
Project Editor, Architecture & Design, Phaidon

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