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Foto: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Foto: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy
Nordic Countries Face to Face

28 May - 27 November 2016

Utställningen är årets bidrag till arkitekturbiennalen i Venedig 2016, världens viktigaste arena för samtida arkitektur.

The Nordic participation at the Venice biennale is a collaboration between the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, the National Museum’s Department of Architecture, Oslo, and ArkDes – the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm. The exhibition is curated by David Basulto, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of ArchDaily.

In Therapy relates to Alejandro Aravena’s overall theme of the 2016 Venice Biennale “Reporting From the Front”, focusing on specific challenges being faced in the Nordic region.

“The Nordic Pavilion will provide an opportunity to probe: to discuss, argue, debate and challenge what Nordic architecture really is and, perhaps more importantly, what it could be in years to come”, says David Basulto.

In Therapy will use the structure of Abraham Maslow’s 1954 ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ as an analytical lens and an observational springboard from which to explore and investigate architectural projects that have been instrumental in constructing contemporary Nordic society.

“Although it might superficially appear that Finland, Norway and Sweden are at ‘the pinnacle of the pyramid’ they each, nonetheless, face difficult and distinct challenges”, says Basulto.

Nine of the 300 selected projects—three within each category—have been chosen to be examined in-depth.

The exhibition is this year’s contribution to the Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016, the world’s most important arena for contemporary architecture.

In Therapy – Nordic Countries Face to Face is displayed in the Nordic pavilion which is jointly owned by Finland, Norway and Sweden. The exhibition is a joint Nordic production where ArkDes has been commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and 2016 to take responsibility for the exhibition together with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsingfors and the National Museum – Architecture, Oslo.

Exhibition design: Marge Arkitekter

Images from the exhibition


In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion.  Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion. Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion.  Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion. Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion.  Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion. Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

David Basulto, curator, and James Taylor Foster, assisting curator.

David Basulto, curator, and James Taylor Foster, assisting curator.

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion.  Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion. Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion.  Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

In Therapy - Nordic countries face to face, Nordic Pavilion. Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Read more about the exhibition

The Nordic participation at the Venice biennale is a collaboration between the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, the National Museum’s Department of Architecture, Oslo, and ArkDes – the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm. The exhibition is curated by David Basulto, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of ArchDaily.

In Therapy relates to Alejandro Aravena’s overall theme of the 2016 Venice Biennale “Reporting From the Front”, focusing on specific challenges being faced in the Nordic region.

“The Nordic Pavilion will provide an opportunity to probe: to discuss, argue, debate and challenge what Nordic architecture really is and, perhaps more importantly, what it could be in years to come”, says David Basulto.

In Therapy will use the structure of Abraham Maslow’s 1954 ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ as an analytical lens and an observational springboard from which to explore and investigate architectural projects that have been instrumental in constructing contemporary Nordic society.

“Although it might superficially appear that Finland, Norway and Sweden are at ‘the pinnacle of the pyramid’ they each, nonetheless, face difficult and distinct challenges”, says Basulto.

Nine of the 300 selected projects—three within each category—have been chosen to be examined in-depth.

The exhibition is this year’s contribution to the Architecture Biennial in Venice 2016, the world’s most important arena for contemporary architecture.

In Therapy – Nordic Countries Face to Face is displayed in the Nordic pavilion which is jointly owned by Finland, Norway and Sweden. The exhibition is a joint Nordic production where ArkDes has been commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and 2016 to take responsibility for the exhibition together with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsingfors and the National Museum – Architecture, Oslo.

Exhibition design: Marge Arkitekter