The British Pavilion opens at the Venice Biennale
Responding to curator, Rem Koolhaas' theme of 'Absorbing Modernity: 1914 - 2014', the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale explores the origins and projects of the movement within the United Kingdom — taking into account the effect that post-war architecture had on the nation and what emerged from it.
The innovative exhibition was presented by the British Council and curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians.
The pavilion features a variety of imaginative artwork, such as a pair of concrete cows on loan from Milton Keynes — originally produced by the artist Liz Leyh after the town was created in the late-seventies.
The main room features a 7-metre diameter earth mound and a panoramic image that tells the story of British modernism. The mound refers to the history of British architecture from the beginning and the end of modernism — symbolising construction and demolition.
Vicky Richardson, director of architecture, design, and fashion at the British Council — who commissioned the British Pavilion — said, "A Clockwork Jerusalem is a witty and insightful exhibition that we hope will provoke debate about British architecture."