2020.06.01.

2020.06.01. – BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA WILL OPEN IN 2021

La Biennale di Venezia announces that the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – How Will We Live Together? – curated by Hashim Sarkis, which was to take place in Venice from August 29th through November 29th 2020, has been postponed to 2021, to be held Saturday May 22nd to Sunday November 21st.

Consequently, the 59th International Art Exhibition, curated by Cecilia Alemani, which was to take place in 2021, has in turn been postponed to 2022. It will last 7 months and will be held from Saturday April 23rd to Sunday November 27th.

The decision to postpone the Biennale Architettura to May 2021 is an acknowledgment that it is impossible to move forward – within the set time limits – in the realization of such a complex and worldwide exhibition, due to the persistence of a series of objective difficulties caused by the effects by the health emergency underway.

The current situation, up to now, has definitely prejudiced the realization of the Exhibition in its entirety, jeopardizing the realization, transport and presence of the works and consequently the quality of the Exhibition itself. Therefore, after consulting with the Curator Hashim Sarkis and in consideration of the problems, the invited architects, Participating Countries, institutions, Collateral Events are facing, thanking all of them for their efforts so far, La Biennale has decided to postpone the opening date of the Biennale Architettura to the year 2021, extending its duration back to the customary six months, from May 22nd to November 21st.

Via La Biennale di Venezia

2020.05.01.

2020.05.01. – KLUBRÁDIÓ SERIES

In the next weeks you can also listen to our Othernity project. We are going to have 12 episodes on a Hungarian radio called Klubrádió. On each week you can get to know more about one of the buildings which the participants will recondition in the Hungarian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia. The episodes start on every Saturday at 17:00, you can listen to them here.

2020.02.15. - OTP apartment building
2020.02.22. - OKISZ headquarters
2020.02.29. - Déli railway station
2020.03.07. - National Electric Power Distribution Centre
2020.03.14. - Calvinist Church of Külső-Kelenföld
2020.03.21. - Újpalota apartment tower
2020.03.28. - Dob Street Electric Substation

2020.04.11. - Kelenföld City Center
2020.04.18. - Party Headquarters for the 13th District of Budapest
2020.05.02. - Domus Furniture Store
2020.05.09. - Endre Ady Cultural Centre of Újpest

2020.03.09.

2020.03.09. – WALKING TOURS – OTP APARTMENT BUILDING

KÉK - Contemporary Architecture Centre's Walking Tours have announced a new program series, which invites the audience to visit the building of #othernity. The first stop is the OTP Apartment Building which is going to recondition by MNPL Workshop at La Biennale di Venezia. The languages of the events are Hungarian. For more information visit the event's site.

2020.03.07.

2020.03.07. – FEATURE ON ARCHDAILY

"Othernity is the first international project of the Hungarian Pavilion. The exhibition aims to show a new, collaborative method to rethink heritage protection."

Read the full article here.

2020.03.05.

2020.03.05. – NEW DATES FOR THE BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2020

The Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, will be held in Venice (Giardini and Arsenale) from Saturday August 29th (preview Thursday 27th and Friday 28th) through Sunday November 29th, instead of from May 23rd through November 29th, as previously announced.

The new dates for the Biennale Architettura have been established as a consequence of the recent precautionary measures in the matter of mobility taken by the governments of a growing number of countries around the world, which will have a domino effect on the movement of people and works in coming weeks. This period of time coincides with the delicate initial phase of setting up an international exhibition as complex as the Biennale Architettura, which involves architects and institutions from over 60 countries on all continents.

This situation poses a risk to the realization of the Exhibition in its entirety in time for the announced opening date (May 23rd), thereby jeopardizing its quality. Furthermore, a short-term postponement could be ineffective, considering the complexity of the organizational machine, the number and importance of the subjects involved and the probable absence of many of them.

Unwilling to open an incomplete Exhibition, La Biennale, having heard the curator Hashim Sarkis and in consideration of the difficulties faced by the Participating countries and invited architects, has decided to postpone the inauguration until August 29th, bringing the duration of this year’s edition of the Biennale Architettura back to three months, from the end of August to the end of November.

This way, considering that the following week, September 2nd is the opening date of the 77th Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera (through September 12th), at the end of the summer, with the almost concurrent opening of these two historic exhibitions, La Biennale will offer Venice and the world a moment of great cultural interest and international appeal.

Via La Biennale Di Venezia

2020.02.25.

2020.02.25. – WALKING TOURS – CALVINIST CHURCH OF KÜLSŐ-KELENFÖLD

KÉK - Contemporary Architecture Centre's Walking Tours have announced a new program series, which invites the audience to visit the building of #othernity. The first stop is the Calvinist Church of Külső-Kelenföld which is going to recondition by Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop at La Biennale di Venezia. The languages of the events are Hungarian. For more information visit the event's site.

2019.12.13.

2019.12.13 – MASTER SCHOOL PRESENTATION

At the invitation of János Golda, Dániel Kovács, Attila Csóka and Szabolcs Molnár presented the Othernity project to the students and masters of ÉME Master School on 13th December at the headquarters of the Association of Hungarian Architects.

The Master School (MÉSZ Master School, ÉME Master School), a two-year long postgraduate course in architecture, has been present in Hungary since 1953. Between 1957 and 1992 the Association of Hungarian Architects (MÉSZ) was responsible for its operation and since 1992 it is the Association of Master Architects (ÉME).

2019.12.05.

2019.12.05. – ARCHINT_1989_CZ DE: ICONIC RUINS? PRESENTATION

Dániel Kovács held a presentation about the concept of Othernity at the Tschechisches Zentrum in Berlin.

Photo: Kun Liang

Here you can find the podcast of Dániel Kovács's presentation (40:20-50:10) and the round table (50:16-97:48).

Focusing primarily on politically prominent post-war public investment projects in the former state-socialist countries Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia (also called the Visegrad Group), the evening explored where the state’s ambitions of power and the architects’ creative ideas connected and where they clashed. How is the society’s relationship to these buildings and how is each of the Visegrad countries handling this heritage from the socialist era?

The rapid demise of this architecture in recent years as a result of dramatic redevelopment and radical demolitions has prompted unprecedented action on the part of the professional community and academic sphere. Therefore the project also tracked the current condition of post-war architecture.

On the occasion of this discussion a small exhibition Iconic Ruins? tracing the evolution of socialist architecture in the countries of the Visegrad Group are showed. The buildings presented in the exhibition’s photographs were grouped into various typological categories, which include culture, media, education, business, international representation (hotels), sports, infrastructure, administration, and public administration.

Photo: Kun Liang

Presenters:

  • Petr Vorlík (CZ), architect and architecture historian. Co-curator of the Iconic ruins? exhibition. He works in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague.
  • Peter Szalay (SK), architecture historian and theoretician. He works as a researcher at the Department of Architecture, Institute of History at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava.
  • Ania Cymer (PL), architecture historian and journalist. She is the author of the book Architektura w Polsce 1945 - 1989 (Architecture in Poland 1945 - 1989) and co-curator of the Iconic ruins? exhibition.
  • Dániel Kovács (HU), art historian, architectural critic, chief editor of Epiteszforum.hu and curator of the Hungarian Pavilion at the 17. International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
  • Bettina Güldner (DE), art and design historian, curator of art and design exhibitions.

2019.11.16.

2019.11.16. – LONG TIME NO CEE EVENT

As part of the workshop, the event „Long time no CEE” was held at KÉK - Contemporary Architecture Centre. During the program the participants presented their architectural office and the current state of their work prepared for the Biennale.

Cover: Marcell Kazsik

What kind of common and unique dilemmas, working methods are typical of the region's architects? Is there a shared, regional identity in Central and Eastern Europe? How does the built environment influence contemporary architecture? What is the best way to interact with our architectural heritage and how is it possible to live along with it?

In 2020, based on the decision of the organizing Ludwig Museum Budaptest, the Venice Architecture Biennale’s Hungarian Pavilion is going to present "Otherity. Reconditioning our Modern Heritage", a project by curator Dániel Kovács and the curatorial team of Attila Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár and Dávid Smiló, architects and founders of Paradigma Ariadné. Through their concept they are seeking to find out what lessons could be learn from the often disputed and in many ways obsolete heritage of architectural modernism. They asked 12 architecture offices to redesign 12 iconic modern buildings of Budapest. The plans offer alternatives to reconcile past and future architecture.

Photo: Dániel Kovács

But what do the architects have in common? Among other things they are all young and have their own studio. They primarily work for the local, national market but they follow international tendencies which is easily noticeable based on their experimental plans and on the fresh visual language they have. They furthermore understand the dilemmas concerning the CEE’s architectural heritage. During the event 10 of the project’s participating architecture offices introduced themselves and presented the current status of their plans for the Biennale. The performers showed 20-20 slides, each one for 20 seconds.

Presenters:

A-A Collective (Poland / Denmark / Switzerland)
Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop (Hungary)
BUDCUD (Poland)
b210 (Estonia)
KONNTRA (Slovenia / North Macedonia / Croatia)
MADA (Serbia)
Paradigma Ariadné (Hungary)
PLURAL (Slovakia)
Vojtěch Rada (Czech Republic)
Studio Act (Romania)

The presentation was part of the international workshop held in 15-17 November in Budapest. The workshop was kindly supported by the Association of Hungarian Architects, the Czech Centre, the Estonian Institute, the Polish Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Slovak Institute.

2019.10.15.

2019.11.15-17. – WORKSHOP IN BUDAPEST

Between 15-17th November 2019 the preparation workshop of the Venice Architecture Biennale's Hungarian Pavilion has taken place in Budapest. 10 architectural studios came together from, among others, Tallin, Bucharest, Belgrade and Prague to improve the international, collaborated exhibition.

Photo: József Rosta, Ludwig Museum

It was in April 2019 that the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art announced the curatorial competition for the Hungarian Pavilion of Venice Architecture Biennale. In this August the jury, led by Julia Fabényi, chose the project of curator Dániel Kovács and the curatorial team, Attila Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár and Dávid Smiló, "Othernity. Reconditioning our Modern Heritage" as a winner. The concept invites 12 architectural studios from CEE to redesign 12 modern buildings of Budapest, combining the region's shared historical experience with the fresh knowledge of young and internationally aware architects.

Out of the 12 participant offices 10 took part in the workshop: A-A Collective (Poland / Denmark / Switzerland), Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop (Hungary), BUDCUD (Poland), b210 (Estonia), KONNTRA (Slovenia / North Macedonia / Croatia), MADA (Serbia), Paradigma Ariadné (Hungary), PLURAL (Slovakia), Vojtěch Rada (Czech Republic) and Studio Act (Romania). [Two of the invited studios, RLOALUARNAD (Estonia / UK) and MNPL WORKSHOP (Ukraine) couldn't participate in the event in Budapest.]

As part of the workshop the foreign architects coming over to Budapest got to visit the buildings which they will redesign, then during a public event at KÉK - Contemporary Architecture Centre they had the chance to present their works and their studio to the audience. During the intensive workshop-days the 22 architects developed detailed ideas for the projects to be exhibited. These plans were presented by them to the invited guests: Katharina Roters artist, András Weiszkopf (BME Faculty of Architecture) and the curators of the Viennese MAGAZIN architectural gallery, Jerome Becker and Matthias Moroder. The three-day long collaborated work was effective and passed in a good mood. Further discussions will be made online; according to the plans the next meeting will be in May 2020, at the opening ceremony of the Biennale.

The program was organized by the Othernity team (Dániel Kovács, Attila Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár, Dávid Smiló, Laura Sütöri) and the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art. The workshop is kindly supported by the Association of Hungarian Architects, the Czech Centre Budapest, the Estonian Institute, the Polish Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Slovak Institute in Budapest.