For the first time ever, New Zealand will exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which begins June 7. To represent the country, the New Zealand Institute of Architects selected a team lead by architect David Mitchell of Mitchell & Stout to send to the renouned exhibition.
The 14th biannual event’s theme is Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014, to which the team has responded with Last, Loneliest, Loveliest – a walk through the annals of New Zealand architecture. It embraces Pacific architecture and the complicated story of modernity in New Zealand, says Mitchell. “For much of last century, we were carrying a lot of British imperial baggage. We’ve slowly shucked that off. Also, the relations between Mãori and Europeans in New Zealand are now richer and far more interwoven than they were.”
The installation, named by Wallpaper* Magazine as one of the top 25 exhibitions to visit, includes buildings familiar to New Zealanders, such as the Cardboard Cathedral, Auckland Art Gallery, the Futuna Chapel and Miles Warren buildings from the 1960s.
The installation will hang from the ceiling of Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina until 23 November 2014. For more on the New Zealand’s exhibition in Venice, click here.