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Venice Biennale: Chief Curator Announced and British Pavilion’s Curators Announced


In mid-November it was announced that British architect David Chipperfield will be Chief Curator of 2012’s International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Chipperfield, renowned for his cool, clear almost chaste designs, most notably his recent Turner Contemporary in Margate and the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire, is the first British architect appointed to the role.

Meanwhile, the British Council have announced the curators of the British Pavilion and will soon launch a call for participants in a show themed “Venice Takeaway”. Curators Vicky Richardson, Head of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council, and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the Architectural Association, look to select 10 teams or individuals to conduct case studies from around the world, focusing on what, and who, makes great architecture. According to Richardson, who will commission and co-curate the pavilion: “Everyone who has travelled will recognise the feeling of envy when you see a good idea. The British Pavilion aims to gather the best of these and bring them back to the UK.”

Image of the opening of the Irish Pavilion at Venice 2010 by Alice Clancy