Milan Expo 2015 is taking part, with an exhibition at the Italian Pavilion, in the 14th International Architecture Biennale of Venice (June 7 to November 2, 2014), directed by Rem Koolhaas, entitled “Fundamentals“. The exhibition “Innesti/Grafting”, curated by Cino Zucchi, gives particular emphasis to the city of Milan, as an exemplary “laboratory of modernity,” whose history is intertwined, especially over the last two centuries, with the transformation of its landscape. The first hall of the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale will host the exhibition dedicated to the Universal Exposition designed by MoDus Architects, developed under the supervision of Matteo Gatto, Director of Thematic Areas for Expo Milano 2015, and curated by Luisa Collina, professor at the Politecnico di Milano.
The Biennale: Laboratory of the World
“It is of paramount importance for Expo Milano 2015 to be present at this event,” said the architect Matteo Gatto, Director, Thematic Areas for Expo Milano 2015. “Indeed, the Biennale of Architecture in Venice is today recognized as the most important event of the world that periodically brings more than 178,000 visitors to Italy. Expo Milano 2015 aims to highlight and renew its focus on international architecture. The Biennale has an audience that is a prime target in the world of both architecture and Universal Expositions and has always been regarded as an arena in which to experiment – exactly as we have done within Expo Milano 2015 in the field of architecture.”
Milan Expo 2015, the crossroads of languages and projects
The exhibition concept is based on a dialogue between dual themes – Milano Expo 2015 and the Italian Pavilion – and the two structural axes of the masterplan, the Decumano, hosting official Participants, and the Cardo, venue for the Italian Pavilion and prevalently national institutions. “We are present at the Biennale of Architecture not to reveal but to entice the visitor to the exposition,” continued Matteo Gatto. “Our goal is to capture the interest of the public, communicate the design idea of Expo Milano 2015, embarking on a new paradigm of architecture. Past Universal Expositions have left us with a great deal of tangible heritage, be it the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Crystal Palace in London, and Expo Milano 2015 wants to shift the focus to the landscape between man and nature. At the Biennale we are aiming to rise to the challenge of stimulating the curiosity of architects, also through the infographic that captures all the contributions of architects from every corner of the world. Our somewhat serious and calmer notion of architecture is clearly illustrated through the fitting out made by Modus Studio, and thanks to the work of the Curator Cino Zucchi and Luisa Collina, who through a video installation by Studio Azzurro, illustrate the projects, the Pavilions, the Thematic Areas and the Clusters.”
Feeding The Planet: A Challenge For Architecture
Architecture also responds to the challenges of the future, connected with a growing population and the need to feed the planet. “It is the key to our relationship with the Planet, and today architecture is closely related to food; the landscape is generated and influenced by agriculture and farming,” said Gatto. “Great architecture and cities themselves were born based on the basis of their relationship with food. Architecture is deeply ingrained in this question and its role is to create a new balance with seriousness and intelligence.”