Belgian pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2021

Press release
Composite Presence campaign image Bovenbouw Architectuur

Model landscape shows unique city-architecture relationship in Flanders and Brussels

This summer, Venice will host the Biennale Architettura 2021, the world’s most important exhibition in the field of contemporary architecture. On the initiative of the Flemish Community and commissioned by the Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi), Bovenbouw Architectuur will present the exhibition Composite Presence in the Belgian pavilion. By means of 50 reference projects, curator Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw Architectuur) shows the contemporary city in Flanders and Brussels in all its complexity: ‘Composite Presence embodies the love-hate relationship between architecture and city.’

Exhibition | 22.05.2021 – 21.11.2021 | Belgian, pavilion, Giardini, Venice (IT)

"The model landscape is a unique illustration of the energetic friction between urban planning and architecture in Flanders"
‐ Dirk Somers, curator Composite Presence
"Dealing in a respectful and inventive manner with the city’s historical layers leads automatically to different perspectives on society. In that sense, Composite Presence draws on the core of the discipline of architecture to answer the question posed by curator Hashim Sarkis: how will we live together?"
‐ Sofie De Caigny, Flanders Architecture Institute, commissioner of Composite Presence

Dirk Somers about Composite Presence

Composite Presence

producer & commissioner Flanders Architecture Institute
curator and scenography Bovenbouw Architectuur

Belgian pavilion, Venice
Sat 22 May 2021 → Sun 21 Nov 2021
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press & preview days
Belgian pavilion, Venice
Thu 20 May 2021 & Fri 21 May 2021
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published in English by the Flanders Architecture Institute 2021
editors catalogue Sofie De Caigny, Maarten Van Den Driessche, Dirk Somers | #vlaamsarchitectuurinstituut | @vlaams_architectuurinstituut | #compositepresence

on the initiative and with the support of
the Flemish Community

with the additional support of
the Flemish Government Architect, the City Architect of Antwerp and the City Architect of Ghent

cultural partner

main partners
Reynaers Aluminium | Delen Private Bank

Rockfon | Vectorworks | Kubus

supporting member:
Gavra ceramics and surfaces

Sto, Knauf

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