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Elements of architecture learned from past, present and future
Elements of architecture learned from past, present and future
Elements of architecture learned from past, present and future
04 June 2014

Bijoy Jain and Kazuyo Sejima meet Yuko Hasegawa and Chiara Bertola.

On the occasion of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Fondazione Querini Stampalia will be the location of a discussion between international architects Bijoy Jain and Kazuyo Sejima and curators Yuko Hasegawa and Chiara Bertola.

The meeting aims to discuss next Venice Biennale’s theme, Fundamentals, suggesting a critical recovery of the elements on which architecture is based. The aim is to define a universal repertoire learned from the past and useful device for the present and the future.  

Architect Bijoy Jain, who founded Studio Mumbai in 1995, has been supporting a sustainable architect technique, that combines the research on new materials to the tradition of home craftsmanship, preserving  memory in contemporary age. His approach, that pays attention to place identity, closely interacts with that of Kazuyo Sejima. Director of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice in 2010, the Japanese architect uses new generation materials respecting environment and combining innovation and nature. The two architects discuss with Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tokyo, and Chiara Bertola, curator of the modern art project Conservare il futuro (“Conserving the Future”) at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia.

The meeting will start at 6 pm, free entry, on a first come first served basis. 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Bijoy Jain (Bombay, 1965), architect graduated at Washington University in St Louis, USA, in 1990. He worked with Richard Meier in Los Angeles before moving back to his country and founding Studio Mumbai in 1995. His talent is to create modern architecture through the devices of traditional craftsmanship. He developed several projects in response to India’s economic and social issues following the globalization.

Kazuyo Sejima (Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, 1956), graduated in Architecture at Japan Women's University in 1981. In 1987 she founded SANAA with Ryue Nishizawa. Some of her private projects include the Gifu Kitagata Apartment (Gifu, Japan, 2000), Small House (Tokyo, Japan, 2000) and House in Plum Grove (Tokyo, Japan, 2003). In 2010 she directed the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice.

Yuko Hasegawa is chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and teaches Art Theory and curatorial studies at Tama Art University in Tokyo. In 2010 she was artistic advisor at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice and co-curator at the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale. In 2006 she was co-curator at the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale.

Chiara Bertola is curator at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia of Venice and Fondazione Furla. She was director of Hangar Bicocca in Milan (2009-2011) and President of Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice (1996 - 1998). She created FURLA Prize for young Italian artists. She was co-curator of XV Rome Quadriennale and  the Venice Pavilion at the 52nd International Venice Biennale.  

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