To turn these ideas into practice, Obrist has brought together an entourage of personalities linked not only to the world of architecture per se and not only Swiss in such a way as to stimulate a debate that is as heterogenous as possible. During the opening days, all the people involved have appeared before an audience discussing various themes and launching debates that will be taken forward over the coming months.
The participants include Herzog & de Meuron, Atelier Bow-Wow, Stefano Boeri, Lorenza Baroncelli, Dorothea Von Hantelmann, Olafur Eliasson, Mirko Zardini, Eleanor Bron, Dan Graham, Asad Raza, Koo Jeong-a, Liam Gillick and many others.
Elements of the exhibition are therefore performance, events and the archive of Burckhardt and Price, star of a site-specific installation curated by Herzog & de Meuron in the Graphic Room of the pavilion, not accessible to the public in such a way as to make the archive itself the subject of the exhibition. In one room is also displayed the model of the most famous unbuilt project of Cedric Price, the Fun Palace, conceived as a “laboratory of entertainment” or “street university”, physical translation of Price’s ideas.
The hope – says Obrist – is to ensure that through the project, the ideas of Burckhardt and Price become material for inventing the future and an opportunity for an international dialogue at all levels.
Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price. A stroll through a fun palace
Commissioners: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia—Sandi Paucic e Marianne Burki
Co-commissioner: Rachele Giudici Legittimo
Curator: Hans Ulrich Obrist
Location: Padiglione ai Giardini
Until 23 November 2014
14. Biennale di Architettura