Baltics team up for 2016 Venice Biennale

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The joint Baltic Pavilion between Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will feature over 100 items at the 2016 Biennale in Venice, reported Latvian Radio's Māra Rozenberga Thursday. 

The 1,600 square meter Baltic exhibition at the Palasport Arsenale stadium will feature works not only by architects, photographers, writers and economists–to name a few–but also museums and organizations.

Raul Jarg of the Estonian Center of Architecture said that Estonians have never so eagerly awaited the Biennale as this year when young architects from all the Baltics are collaborating in creating a joint pavilion.

"I think it's important that we're starting in the Venice Biennale with a shared idea. It allows us to look at ourselves not through our own uniqueness but our ability to cooperate," said Lithuanian curator Jonas Žukauskas. This will be the first year Lithuania will be represented in the Biennale.

The exhibit will be unveiled May 27 at the 15th Venice Architecture Exhibition, on show until November 27.

The exhibit will explore inter-regional infrastructural links, such as the Rail Baltic project, the shared connection to the Baltic Sea, and the landscapes created by energy networks connecting densely populated areas.

"The Baltic exhibit looks at connections, challenges and tasks for the future architecture of the region. Architecture does not mean just carcasses of buildings. It's our ability to shape the environment to our needs," said Niklāvs Paegle, one of the curators of the pavilion.

A publication called “The Baltic Atlas” will accompany the exhibit examining the infrastructure of the Baltics and beyond ranging from theoretical analyses to "what if" scenarios for the future of the region.

The exhibit is a non-government initiative of nine curators from the Baltics. 

Here they are meeting at the National Library of Latvia on April 7:

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