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ArkDes to participate in “Freespace” (2018 Venice Architecture Biennale)

ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, will participate in Freespace – the central exhibition of the 2018 Biennale. This was announced by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, creative directors for 16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, at a press conference in Venice La Biennale on 2 March. Petra Gipp andMikael Olsson will participate in the exhibition.

ArkDes will collaborate with architect Petra Gipp (Stockholm) and artist Mikael Olsson (Stockholm) on an exhibition exploring an aspect of 20th Century Swedish architectural history through the lens of contemporary practice. Incorporating material from ArkDes’ national collection, the exhibition will align with Farrell and McNamara’s Freespace manifesto by seeking to demonstrate how extra spatial gifts in the context of our built environments can contribute to the experience of a place, a landscape, and patterns of life.

“Our participation in the main exhibition of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale gives us the chance to present material from the museum’s world-class collection on an international stage. We are proud to be collaborating with two of Sweden’s most respected creatives on a project that bridges historical and contemporary Swedish practice in the context of the Freespace manifesto,” says Kieran Long, director of ArkDes.

ArkDes’ participation in the 16th Biennale Architettura di Venezia will be curated by Kieran Long (Director, ArkDes), Johan Örn (Curator of Collections, ArkDes), and James Taylor-Foster (Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes).

ArkDes’ national collection will also be present in two additional projects for the 16th Biennale: an exhibition by Swedish architect and academic Elizabeth Hatz, and the inaugural Pavilion of the Holy See curated by Francesco Dal Co. We are also supporting the Nordic Pavilion, which will be led this year by the Museum for Finnish Architecture.

More information about the projects will be made available in late May 2018. The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale will run from 26 May 2018 to 25 November 2018 in Venice, Italy.

Petra Gipp

Petra Gipp is an architect based in Stockholm, Sweden, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. Her work seeks to seamlessly blend architectural and sculptural expression, while her approach is one of sensitivity to location, light, and volume. Her most well-known works include the award-winning Kivik Art Centre and the inventor’s studio The Cathedral – the latter of which earned her a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2015. In 2016 she was highlighted by Architizer as one of 26 women in history that changed architecture. Gipp has exhibited widely, and has presented work at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In 2018 she will open a solo exhibition at Liljevalchs Art Museum where her book about architecture through casted plaster will be launched.

Gipp arkitektur 

Mikael Olsson

Mikael Olsson is an artist living in Stockholm, Sweden, having studied photography at the University of Gothenburg. In his previous work Södrakull Frösakull (Steidl, 2011), he investigated ideas about perception and representation through two architectural works by Bruno Mathsson, one of Sweden’s best-known Modernist designers. In addition to solo exhibitions—including those at the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Galerie Nordenhake, and the Arthur Ross Gallery at Columbia University, New York City—Olsson is a regular contributor to T Magazine (New York Times). In his forthcoming work on | auf (Steidl, 2018), accompanied with an essay by Péter Nádas, Olsson has undertaken a photographic study of Herzog & de Meuron and the Ai Weiwei’s temporary pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London (2012). Olsson also performed in the Palme d’Or winning film The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund. He is represented by Galerie Nordenhake.

Mikael Olsson