Monocle on Design

Venice Biennale, part two

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1 June 2021

Episode 503

30 minutes


Photo: Alberto Bernasconi

From wood-framed construction to the world in 2038, we meet the entrants from the US, Britain and Germany. Plus: we reflect on diversity at the biennale.

1 June 2021

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Chapter 1

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Photo: Alberto Bernasconi

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Chapter 1

The United States Pavilion – ‘American Framing’

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The US entry this year is dedicated to wood-framed construction, an often overlooked but vital part of American architectural heritage. To find out more, we spoke to Paul Preissner co-commissioner and co-curator of the installation.

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Photo: Cristiano Corte, British Council

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The British pavilion – ‘The garden of privatised delights’

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We speak to Madeline Kessler, co-curator of ‘The garden of privatised delights’ - a look at the thorny issue of privatised public space across the UK. Commissioned by the British Council, the exhibition examines the role that design and architecture can play in making these spaces more inclusive and accessible.

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Photo: Federico Torra

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The German pavilion - ‘2038: The New Serenity’

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The German pavilion turns our attention to the future, transporting us to 2038 for an immersive film experience that allows us to see the history of a better world. We speak to some of the brains behind the project, Christopher Roth and Olaf Grawert of the collaborative group Team 2038.

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Chapter 4

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Photo: Alberto Bernasconi

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The Venice Biennale and diversity

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Monocle’s Europe editor at large Ed Stocker reflects on the diversity of this year’s entrants and the exhibitions presented.

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