Venice Biennale pavilion ready to open its doors

The preparations are complete for the official inauguration of the Latvian Pavilion “Together and Apart” at the Venice Biennale Architettura 2018, organizers said May 24. The opening will take place on Friday, May 25 at 12:30, at the Arsenale Artiglierie.

Friday morning, the curatorial team of the Latvian pavilion — architect and urbanist Evelīna Ozola, architect Matīss Groskaufmanis, scenographer Anda Skrējāne and the director of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia Gundega Laiviņa — will introduce the Pavilion to media representatives and invited guests including Minister of Culture Dace Melbārde, Commissioner of the Latvian Pavilion Jānis Dripe, and the culture ministers of Estonia and Lithuania.

The Pavilion will be available to visitors from May 26 until November 25.

Two thirds of Latvia's population live in apartments, which is the highest ratio in Europe. Centered on apartment buildings, the exhibition highlights the ambiguity between being an architectural, but also a social, political, economic, and an ecological project.

"We address this year’s theme “Freespace” by focusing on the everyday choreography of life that provides a regular contact point between the general public and architecture. In Latvia, it’s quite clear that this place is within apartment buildings. That is the everyday meeting place – it’s where most people live, see, and feel architecture” said curator Anda Skrējāne.

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