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Pebbles, Pomp and patrons
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Pebbles, Pomp and patrons

The first edition is dedicated to Venice as an art location. The lagoon city hosts the world's oldest and most prestigious art biennale. Its concept of national exhibition buildings is unique. So is the listed building of the German Pavilion with its exciting history and architecture. Since 1971, this has been coordinated by the ifa - since 2009 also in the role of commissioner.

Demolish it? Remodel it? Live with it?
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Demolish it? Remodel it? Live with it?

The German Pavilion is more controversial than any other at the Venice Biennale. Ever since the National Socialists gave the exhibition building its appearance, which still exists today, it has been the subject of controversy. This is about the history and architecture of the pavilion, as well as the debates about it. Traces of the artistic interventions of past contributions are made visible.

Coming soon: The German Pavilion Revisited.
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Coming soon: The German Pavilion Revisited.

Together with three international authors, we take a look at the pavilion and the history of the art biennial in the context of current critical discourses, such as (post-)nationalism, (post-)colonialism or gender equality.

biennale stories

The biennale stories, concept and realization by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), are the free digital outreach format for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. Through innovative storytelling (scrolling + storytelling), information and background knowledge about the German Pavilion are presented in an easily accessible manner, and new perspectives on the pavilion’s gripping history are opened by means of varying connections between image, text, and audio components.

The German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial

Since 1971, the ifa has taken on the decisive role in positioning the German Pavilion at the Biennale Arte di Venezia on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office. Since 2009, the ifa has also acted as the Pavilion's commissioner and thus assumed overall responsibility for this major project.

The German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial

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