Venice / opening of Re-Creation

The exhibition RE-CREATION – The Resilience of Architecture is now open at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The exhibition is commissioned by the Museum of Finnish Architecture. It is curated by Juulia Kauste, Director of Museum of Finnish Architecture, and Ole Bouman, Creative Director of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) and Founding Director of the Value Factory Academy, Shenzhen. The installation was created by Anssi Lassila and OOPEAA to investigate the concept of resilience in architecture.

How an architectural concept can be transformed by local conditions and traditions?

Re-Creation is a tangible expression of adaptability in architecture. It addresses the fundamental elements of architecture, materiality, natural light, and the context of local culture with its values and traditions as conditions for the creation of space.

Re-Creation is a two-part installation. One part of the installation was constructed by a Finnish master carpenter and his team, and the other by a Chinese team. Together the two parts of the installation strike up a subtle and complex dialogue between the architects and local builders. Presented in the pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, it takes a stand on our relationship with the modern legacy and its tradition of international dialogue.

The installation has been created as an integral part of the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) and the presentation of Re-Creation in Venice has been realized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in collaboration with the Architecture Information Centre Finland and the Shenzhen BI-CITY Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB).

We invite you to experience our installation as a journey into the culture of making in contemporary architecture.

The Biennale will be open until November 23.

For more information about the Biennale please visit La Biennale webpage.

For more information about Re-Creation please visit:

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