Flemish architectural firms invited to Venice Biennale

Summary

Four architectural firms from Flanders and Brussels will represent the country alongside the official Belgian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

‘A generosity of spirit’

Two architectural firms in Ghent and two based in Brussels have been invited to take part in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice this year. The event is part of the 2018 Venice Biennale, which also includes cinema, dance, music and theatre.

Flanders Architecture Institute reports that biennale curators have invited the firms to take part in the Architecture Exhibition, this year titled Freespace. According to the biennale’s website, “Freespace describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of  humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of the space itself”.

The biennale’s many curators generally personally invite Flemish artists and architects to stage exhibitions and installations, but the focus of the Belgian Pavilion is decided by Belgium’s regions. Two years ago, it was Flanders’ turn to choose who would be featured in the country’s pavilion in Venice. It chose a trio made up of an architectural firm, an interior architect and an photographer of architecture, which explored what architecture can mean during a period of economic scarcity.

This year, Wallonia is sponsoring Eurotopie in the Belgian Pavilion, which focuses on the physical and symbolic presence of the European Union in Brussels.