Two new shows launch at the V-A-C Foundation in Venice

The V-A-C Foundation in Venice
Assemble and We Are Here unveiled their joint installation, 'Laguna Viva (Living Lagoon)', at the V-A-C Foundation in Venice.
(Image credit: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti)

The V-A-C Foundation is bustling with news and activity. Not only is the Russian art platform making fast advances on its upcoming home by Renzo Piano in Moscow (the redesign of a decommissioned power station into a gallery); its Venice outpost, Palazzo delle Zattere, has just launched not one, but two new offerings during the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale that previews today.

The first one is a new installation developed by architecture and design collaborative Assemble and We Are Here, an independent non-profit organisation that ‘addresses Venice’s challenges as a living city by strengthening connections between the best available information and stakeholders.’ The new courtyard installation is freely open to the public and aims to enhance the relationship between Venice and its context.

Entitled ‘Laguna Viva’, the piece is a meandering green landscape of hills and ponds, referencing the water and nature of Venice, its lagoons and salt marsh habitat. This is designed to evolve and change over time; and it is only phase 1 in the V-A-C’s collaboration with Assemble. At the end of the year, the piece will be covered in tiles and transform into the foundation’s next phase – as part of an ongoing strategy to enable the foundation to connect with its surroundings. For now, the installation is going to sit right next to the Assemble designed new bar and restaurant for the complex, sudest 1401.

The second show opening this week at Palazzo delle Zattere is ‘The Explorers, part One’, organised by London’s Whitechapel Gallery and curated by its director, Iwona Blazwick. Working with pieces from the V-A-C Foundation collection, the exhibition looks at piece discovered in the collection by artists Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, James Richards, Mike Nelson and Fiona Banner, mixing paintings, prints and photographs in a journey through nature and human nature.

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The piece explores how landscape, nature and architecture can communicate

The piece explores how landscape, nature and architecture can communicate.

(Image credit: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti)

At the same time, the V-A-C launched a new art show entitled 'The Explorers: Part One'

At the same time, the V-A-C launched a new art show entitled 'The Explorers: Part One'.

(Image credit: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti)

The exhibition is curated by Iwona Blazwick of the Whitechapel Gallery

The exhibition is curated by Iwona Blazwick of the Whitechapel Gallery

(Image credit: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti)

The curator worked with a selection of works from the V-A-C Foundation's collection

The curator worked with a selection of works from the V-A-C Foundation's collection.

(Image credit: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti)

INFORMATION

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).