THE ALVAR AALTO PAVILION IN VENICE FEATURES RE-CREATION. THE RESILIENCE OF ARCHITECTURE

FINLAND, ALVAR AALTO PAVILION
14TH INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 7 JUNE –23 NOVEMBER 2014
 
RE-CREATION
The Resilience of Architecture
 
The Finnish pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia will feature a special installation commissioned by the Museum of Finnish Architecture showcasing the work of Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA, Office for Peripheral  Architecture, formerly known as Lassila Hirvilammi Architects.
 
Re-Creation is a two-part installation based on a concept by Anssi Lassila. 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.
 
Curated by the renowned Dutch architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas, the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – titled “Fundamentals” – returns to the timeless basics of architecture. The national pavilions will explore global and local trends under the theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914–2014”.
 
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). The exhibition co-curated by Juulia Kauste and Ole Bouman.
 
Re-Creation embraces an appreciation for tradition as a source of identity, combining it with an openness and curiosity toward international influences. Finnish modernism has always essentially been about digesting these two into something new, not copied or borrowed, but inspired both by the local tradition and by an exposure to the world beyond one’s immediate sphere of experience.
 
Re-Creation is the result of a deliberate and mutual exposure of the almost timeless architecture fundamentals of a nation to the rapidly changing cultural realities of a modern city: Finland and Shenzhen. A Nordic nation, reputed for its calm and serenity meets a city, famous for its speed and frenzy at the heart of Pearl River Delta. It reveals the qualities that emerge from this encounter, showing how “absorbing modernity” may produce specificity.
 
A monography publication devoted to the work of OOPEAA will be launched in conjunction with the exhibition. The monograph is published by the Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing.
 
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Ilona Hildén, Communications
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Ilona.hilden@mfa.fi

The Chinese section of the Re-Creation installation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
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The Finnish section of the Re-Creation installation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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Re-Creation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Tuomo Tammenpää
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From the left: Curator Ole Bouman, Commissioner and Curator Juulia Kauste and Architect Anssi Lassila, Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
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From the left: Designer Gigi Leung and Architect Anssi Lassila, Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014. © Tuomo Tammenpää
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Planning the Finnish part of the installation with master carpenter Kari Virtanen (Nikari), Fiskars, Finland 2013.
© Pekka Turunen
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The Chinese section of the Re-Creation installation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
Added 5 June 2014
The Finnish section of the Re-Creation installation at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Venice 2014.
© Coen Ruys
Added 5 June 2014