Canada presents an exhibition on its renovated pavilion in the Giardini and another on architecture by indigenous people at the Arsenale

Canadian Pavilion, Giardini [Photo Italo Rondinella, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]

Canada participates in the Biennale (open until 25 November 2018) with two exhibitions: UNCEDED: Voices of the Land’ at the Arsenale and Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice’ in its Pavilion in the Giardini, now open to the public after a four-year restoration on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of its foundation (1958-2018).‘Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice’ [Photo Italo Rondinella, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]

The exhibition ‘Canada Builds / Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice‘ curated by Réjean Legault at the Canadian Pavilion (designed by architect Enrico Peressutti of studio BBPR in 1958) illustrates the history of the building, the renovation and modernization entrusted to architect Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, heir to BBPR, who worked in collaboration with architect Troels Bruun of Venice-based M + B studio and with Canadian landscape architects Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Bryce Gauthier of Enns Gauthier Landscapes Architects.‘Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice’ [Photo: Italo Rondinella, Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia]

The exhibition and the restoration of the Pavilion were commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada with the support of La Biennale di Venezia, the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the City of Venice and Lagoon, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Global Affairs Canada and with the exceptional collaboration of the Embassy of Canada in Rome.
“UNCEDED: Voices of the Land”, Arsenale, [Photo Francesco Galli, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]

The exhibition ‘UNCEDED: Voices of the Land‘, which officially represents Canada at the Biennale, has been exceptionally set up at the Arsenale and presents, with images, videos and interviews, the architectural principles of indigenous peoples that, respecting nature and human beings, take into account the close relationship between identity, culture and territory.
“UNCEDED: Voices of the Land”, Arsenale [Photo Francesco Galli, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]

The exhibition, curated by Gerald McMaster and David Fortin with the participation of architect Douglas Cardinal, was commissioned by Canada Council for the Arts.
“UNCEDED: Voices of the Land”, Arsenale [Photo Francesco Galli, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]

[Text Arianna Callocchia]