- Biennale Interieur at Kortrijk Silver Edition
2016 is a big year, with lots of initiatives going on. In addition to the 15th International Architecture exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia that we'll continue to keep an eye on, interviewing key players and exploring new materials, the 25th Biennale Interieur will be taking place in Kortrijk, Belgium from 14 to 23 October 2016.
Right now, the curating team - Kersten Geers and David Van Severen from Belgian firm OFFICE - are getting everything ready for the Silver Edition whose theme reflects the anniversary event: “Silver Lining – Interiors”.
In addition to Kortrijk Xpo, home to the biennale and which the curators also helped redesign in 2009, there will be another venue for their city programme - Texture - located near the north bridge of the Lys river. This recently refurbished 1912 brick building was originally intended as flax spinning facility, providing an important testimony of Kortrijk's industrial past. It was refurbished and expanded by noArchitecten and Madoc, which turned the industrial building into a modern museum. An all-gold crown tops the building, which has been turned into a place of excellence to host collateral events for the Biennale Interieur and to bring together design, architecture and the social and cultural context.
In addition to the permanent exhibition showcasing its industrial past, the building also has a multifunctional room, a bistro, offices, a studio and a spacious lobby.
Texture was completed and handed over to the city in 2014 - the museum and its collection date back to the 1960s - and is part of a broader masterplan to develop the entire Overleie district, where the museum is located.
So the Biennale Interieur reaches out even further and expands the concept of “interior” to take in one of the major themes of our times - design measures in post-industrial spheres.
Biennale Interieur 2016 http://www.interieur.be/
from 14 to 23 October 2016
Curators: OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen http://www.officekgdvs.com/
Images: Courtesy of Biennale Interieur, see captions