EMG set up EMGdotART Foundation [in 2012] – the first art and culture foundation established by a Chinese enterprise, to have a permanent gallery and headquarters in the heart of Venice, Italy.
"More than roofs, doors, courtyards or staircases, adaptation is fundamental for the understanding of Chinese architecture. If the fleeting fascination for fundamentals during the upcoming 14th International Architecture Exhibition [June 7 – 23 November 2014, Venice] will deal and try to understand the basic principles that create architecture; than, ADAPTATION - architecture and change in China《应变——中国的建筑和变化》 focuses on the flexible framework that makes architecture (in China) possible." MovingCities co-curatorial statement
Taking place on the ground floor the historic Palazzo Zen – newly renovated by Chinese architectural studio O-OFFICE – ADAPTATION, architecture and change in China – selected as one of 21 Collateral Events – is curated by Prof. Marino Folin (Rector of the IUAV University (1991-2006)) & MovingCities. Presenting a profession in progress, the exhibition features recently completed projects, some even under construction [others on research-phase] – by 11 Chinese architectural practices – through the media of photography, architectural models, sketches, 3D-photography, design objects, viewmasters, reels and newly commissioned audio-visuals.
Trace Architecture Office (TAO) 迹·建筑事务所 | standardarchitecture 标准营造 | META-Project META-工作室 | LIXIAODONG ATELIER 李晓东工作室 | TM Studio 童明工作室 | Scenic Architecture 山水秀建筑事务所 | Atelier DESHAUS 大舍建筑 | Zhaoyang Architects 赵扬建筑工作室 | O-OFFICE 源计划 工作室 | Atelier Chen Haoru 陈浩如工作室 | LYCS Architecture 零壹城市 |
NaihanLi&Co. 李鼐含 | ChinaDaily 中国日报 | Matjaž Tančič 老马
Palazzo Zen [GoogleMap] is located in Venice, Cannaregio district, close to Fondamente Nuove and Campo dei Gesuiti. Built between 1530-1550, the residence was home to one of Venice’s great trading and navigating families – the Zen family. The design of the palace is attributed to the collaborative efforts of Francesco Zen and Sebastiano Serlio [1475-1554], the renowned author of the treatise ‘The Seven Books of Architecture.’
ADAPTATION, architecture and change in China introduces and interprets an important moment in time and shows, how across different generations, Chinese architects develop innovative strategies when faced with constraints imposed by context or capital.
Curators: Marino Folin & MovingCities
[Bert de Muynck & Mónica Carriço]
Architecture/exhibition design: O-OFFICE
Organizer: EMGdotART Foundation
Address: Palazzo Zen, Cannaregio 4924 Venice, Italy [GoogleMap]
Press contacts & Inquiries
Michela Pacco/EMGdotART michelapacco [at] emgdotart [dot] net
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