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National Tour of ‘Ireland at Venice’ Opens at CHQ Building, Dublin

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013


An exhibition celebrating the return of Ireland’s representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 was officially opened by Ruairi Quinn, Minister or Education and Skills on 10 May 2013 in Dublin’s CHQ Building in the Docklands. The exhibition comprises three major works shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale: Shifting Ground by heneghen peng architects; Architecture as New Geography by Grafton Architects and Vessel by O’Donnell + Tuomey. Grafton Architects, who won the prestigious Silver Lion Award, and O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects were invited to participate by the Artistic Director, internationally renowned architect David Chipperfield, while heneghen peng represented the Irish Pavilion under Commissioner Elizabeth Francis and Curator John McLaughlin.

On opening the exhibition Minister Quinn said, “This exhibition is a celebration of the success, nationally and internationally, of the achievements of contemporary Irish architecture. High quality design is a key element in the delivery of a sustainable future.” Minister Deenihan commented "Ireland's architects have a very strong international reputation worldwide. These three exhibitions by three different generations of architects are testament to the ever changing and creative approach to architecture in Ireland and should be seen by as many here as possible while on tour."

For the Irish Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, heneghan peng architects designed an oscillating ‘bench’ that invites visitors to balance their respective weights. The work considers issues of geometry and numbers in the architects’ work, while the level of the 'bench' was measured from the mark of the acqua alta (water line) on the old brickwork of the Arsenale building in Venice.

Grafton Architects’ exhibit explores themes of ‘architecture as built geography’ and ‘abstracted landscape’, focussing on two structures by two different architectural practices, forming a sense of ‘Common Ground’. The two structures  are, the Brazilian architect Mendes daRocha’s Serra Dourada Stadium in Goiania, Brazil and Grafton Architects’ university campus in Lima.

O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects invited practitioners to contribute to their installation ‘Vessel’, which has associations with both circulation and craft, and is suggestive of embodiment, enshrinement and containment. “Our Common Ground is collected under this heading, highlighting the relation of ideas, objects, and materials that combine , inform and influence our work”.

The exhibition will be open daily for at the CHQ Building until Sunday 2nd June 2013.  Opening times - Mon - Fri: 9am - 7pm, Saturday: 10am - 6pm, Sunday: 12pm - 6pm.

Ireland at Venice 2012 is an initiative of Culture Ireland a division of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Arts Council. This is the first exhibition of the national tour of the Irish representation in Venice which will be also shown as part of the Galway Arts Festival in July and at the National Sculpture Centre in Cork in September. The national tour is supported by the Arts Council.The exhibition opening coincided with the European Forum on Architectural Policy (EFAP) conference in Dublin (8-10 May) as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency events.

Categories: Architecture | Exhibitions

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