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September 6, 2012

The 2012 Venice Biennale is currently taking place until September 25th. Earlier in the week, we shared a recap of the event and here we bring you more photos from the exhibition.

The installation in the Brazil pavilion by Marcio Kogan is a minimal long black monolith with peepholes and speakers.
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Here's what it was like to look through the peephole to watch the short film depicting domestic scenes.
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In the Danish pavilion, one of the exhibition elements included information about Greenland.
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In the Inside Outside–curated exhibition for the Netherlands, designer Petra Blaisse choreographed curtains to move about the space, continuously creating new arrangements and new social experiences.
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The Finnish pavilion was designed by architect Alvar Aalto in 1956.
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Inside the Finnish pavilion, Juulia Kauste curated an exhibition of young finish architects.
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Here's a shot of the beautiful newly exposed wood structural paneling in the Finnish pavilion.
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The exhibition in the German Pavilion, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Architecture as Resource, was curated by Muck Petzet. The exterior of the pavilion reuses the benches from the Giardini park where the Biennale pavilions are.
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The projects were shown as large-scale photos of models and buildings and depicted how German architects are reworking the existing fabric of the city.
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Grafton Architects (Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara), won a Silver Lion award for Promising Practice. The Ireland firm explored the work of Paolo Mendes da Rocha in the context of their design for a new university in Lima, Peru.
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The installation “Gran Horizonte” in the Arsenale by Urban Think Tank architects Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, curator Justin McGuirk, and photographer Iwan Baan created a gallery and restaurant which became a social mixing space and exhibition framework for discussing their research on the Torre David project, a development that has been adaptively reused independent of any architect by 750 families in Caracas, Venezuela. This project won the Golden Lion award for Best Project.
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Here's a photo by Iwan Baan exhibited in the installation.
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Arum Installation in the Arsenale by Zaha Hadid Architects.
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Mohsen Mostafavi curated a beautiful installation of photographic documentation and analysis models of churches Nicolas Hawksmoor built in London.
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An exhibition in the main Biennale pavilion explored the history of the pavilions on the Giardini campus, with personal histories rewritten by various historians, artists and writers.
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In the Hungarian pavilion, the Space Maker exhibition explored the potential of the architectural model. A veritable forest of miniature buildings, the exhibition included 500 white models created by architecture students from 206 countries.
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The Japanese pavilion curated by Toyo Ito launches a program to provide a “Home for All” to people who lost their homes in the March 2011 tsunami. The exhibition presents the process models by three young Japanese architects, Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, and Akihisa Hirata. The gallery was transformed by large-scale photos of the site and cedar trunks, which were left exposed following the tsunami. The trees are proposed to become a building material for new homes. Japan won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
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A 1:1 facsimile of the Wall House designed by architect Anupama Kundoo in India, the Feel the Ground. Wall House: One to One exhibition structure was built on site by a team of Indian craftsmen and students from Australia and Venice, making it an international common ground of construction and collaboration.
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The Dialogue in Details exhibition by architect Toshiko Mori shows 1:2 scale models of her research into houses by Mies, Phillip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, and Paul Rudolph,among others, and her own houses whose details are derived from an analysis of these historical projects.
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An exhibition in the main Biennale pavilion on the Milan school simply documents facades.
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Curated by Peter MacKeith, the exhibition that explored the Nordic common ground features a piece called “Context Box” by C-O-M-B-I-N-E, Sweden.
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These are the Giardini Bird Houses by Elding Oscarson from Sweden. The bird houses attached to Sverre Fehn’s beams in the open-air pavilion gives a home to birds that might otherwise get trapped inside. The variety of shapes will test out which form is more suited to the local birds.
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A luxurious gold model of Piranesi’s Campo Marzio in an exhibit continuing Peter Eisenman and Jeffrey Kipnis’s research on the subject.
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i-city, curated by architect Sergei Tchoban, is a temple to the QR code. Its massive hi-tech display allows visitors to interactively explore a future city proposed for Russia.
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The lower level of the Russian pavilion was a starscape. Inside a each circle is a photo and narrative exploring Russia’s past history of city making.
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Alvaro Siza’s installation at the end of the Arsenale created a series of walled courtyards that framed the light and shadow from the grove of trees it engaged.
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The bark of the tree next to the shifting shadows and light on Siza’s beautiful mauve stucco offers a refreshing experience after the information dense exhibition.
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A hanging garden installation by Spanish architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano.
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Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good in the U.S. pavilion was curated by Cathy Lang Ho.
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The installation in the Brazil pavilion by Marcio Kogan is a minimal long black monolith with peepholes and speakers.

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