The history of the Venice Architecture Biennale began in the period 1975-1978, when Vittorio Gregotti, Director of the Visual Arts sector organised several architecture exhibitions at the Magazzini del Sale at the Zattere.
In 1980 the Architectural department, having become independent, was headed by Paolo Portoghesi and who organised the Biennale?s 1st International Architecture Exhibition entitled ?The presence of the past?, The “Strada Novissima” was set up at the new renovated Corderie dell?Arsenale.
So the various editions have followed each other, not always respecting the two-years rhythm, and joined to the 13th exhibition directed by David Chipperfield, opening on 29th August 2012.
"Common Ground" will consist of a single exhibition organised at the Central Pavilion at the Gardini and the Arsenale. To mark the journey there will be 66 projects with original proposals and installations specially created for this Biennale by architects, photographers, artists, critics and scholars invited by David Chipperfield and who in turn have involved other colleagues in their projects with whom they share a "Common Ground".
Images: Giulio Squillacciotti
Courtesy: the Venice Biennale