Eurotopie, the selected project by the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles in collaboration with Wallonie-Bruxelles International for the belgian representation in the Belgian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, is a project for Europe.
Brussels is where Europe has, for several decades, been taking place. Beyond a shared space, the existence of the European Quarter in Brussels is a survival requirement both for Europe and for Brussels. Although the European Quarter can be considered as the spatial expression of the European political system, it is, for reasons such as history, morphology, finance and security, impervious to citizen empowerment. By accepting the role of hostess of the common venture called Europe, Brussels has de facto accepted the responsibility for its spatial anchorage. Eurotopie therefore offers to create the European Quarter’s lacking civic space within the Belgian Pavilion itself, and thus to entice visitors to ponder, discuss, debate and, ultimately, to commit to constructing Europe.
During the opening week, all the while continuing to be accessible to visitors, the Belgian Pavllion will hosts these events:
Thursday 24 May*
Friday 25 May* in presence of Ministers Alda Greoli and Rudy Demotte
Saturday 26 May
Sunday 27 May:
* restricted access to preview passes (public opening of the Biennale on the 26th May)
Moreover, the Belgium will be present in Venice while these events:
For the 2018 edition, curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have called for national curators to consider their contributions as Freespace. They define Freespace as spaces which testify to the generosity and humanity which are at the roots of architectural practice.
The illustrator Eva Le roi (Bruxelles) is an artist involved in the architecture and urbanism fields. She works with architecture and urbanism offices and institutions and her work is
regularly presented in Venice (Biennales architettura 2010-Luxembourg pavilion, 2014-Monditalia, 2018). This year, she is taking part in the exhibition of Japan Pavillion’s curated by a team lead by Momoyo Kaijima, with Laurent Stalder and Yu Iseki. Her work will be presented beyond 40 exhibitors ranging from university design studios, architectural offices to contemporary artistic practices from all over the world from the last twenty years.
CENTRAL (Brussels) is a young (2015) office. Recently, this young practice has distinguished itself by different winning projects in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia demonstrating the interest of the office for a multiscalar and systemic approach of architecture, city and territory. This year it will be strongly present in Venice. First, throughout a round table session in the cycle of conferences 'Coming of age' (Università Iuav di Venezia) the 24 may at 19h30. Second, with their winning projet 'Europa', as an answer to the international call launched by the three neighbouring pavilions of Spain, Holland and Belgium to invest their shared outdoor space. This installation 'Europa' will be unveiled on the 26th May at 12 AM in front of the 3 pavilions.
Founded in 2004 by the architect Pierre Hebbelinck, the Fourre-Tout Editions (Liège) shave today a 25 books catalogue. Each book aim to develop a communication and cultural presence tool, as an efficient venue to lead architecture in the cultural field. In 2014, Fourre-tout is teaming wirth the Centre for Central European Architecture (CCEA, Prague) to prolong in a book the discussions related to the exhibition “Lifting the Curtain · Central European Architectural Networks” in la Sala Tiziano de l’Officina delle Zatterre during the14th Biennale of Venice. Result of a 4 years work, Lifting the Curtain (304 pages, FR/GB) proposes an unpublished view on the development and the role of networks in architecture in these oriental part of Europe, twenty-five years after the iron curtain fell. The book will be presented in the belgian Pavilion on the 24th May à 2 PM in the context of a literary café 'Network' with the presence of his major protagonists.
Edited from March 2014 by the architects Sophie Dars et Carlo Menon, the magazine Accattone explores minor practices in art and architecture through the specific means of the printed magazine. As an exhibition on paper, each issue is a montage of contributions whose shared positions towards reality, history and representation resonate with one another. In the current landscape of non-commercial publications, Accattone’s originality lies in the strong visual orientation and in the close association of methods, editorial devices and featured contents. The 5th issues is based entirely on the work of the photograph and film maker Armin Linke. It explores photography in relation to the major architecture of public and private institutions. This issue will be presented in Venice on Saturday 26th May, in presence of the artist.