September 10, 2004 - Polish Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale - Metamorph, Venice
September 10, 2004

Metamorph, Venice

Architectures: Meta-structures of Humanity, Morphic Strategies of Exposure
Polish Pavilion at 9th International Architecture Exhibition Metamorph

12 September - 07 November 2004

Venice, Giardini della Biennale
Vernissage: 10.09.2004
Commissioner: Agnieszka Morawinska
Curator: Adam Budak

The exhibition in the Polish Pavilion is organized by Zacheta National Gallery of Art

Based on the proposition that architecture is one of the most important forms of contemporary interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication, the exhibition is focussed on the presentation of a many layered structure, the fundamental element of which is the confrontation of the visual arts and architecture with science (biology), philosophy (ethics) and the practices of everyday life (functionality).

The title Metamorph is, above all, a reflection on the changes in identity provoked by cultural, social and civilisational transformations (in the global context). Functioning as a major source of communicational devices, architecture defines humanity’s condition. It constitutes the principal conceptual and formal vocabularies of contemporaneity, providing firm foundations for a discourse on plurality and diversity. Being challenged by and itself challenging a variety of disciplines, architecture mutates and proliferates into a collection of architectures that construct potential frameworks for the growing multiplicity of human tasks and obligations. As both vehicle and habitat of identity, it distributes itself through the variety of human activities, always delivering a reliable scaffolding for a construction site of contemporary multiple subjectivity. In such a frame, architecture is perceived as a dominant agency for the morphic strategies of exposure that evolve in the frantic choreography of their limitless mutations.

The conception of the exhibition calls forth the past and tradition, and at the same time engages with the future and its habitats. Finding expression in a special spatial context, architectonic thought is confronted with a view from the outside, as much in a conceptual as in a practical sense; artistic and architectonic vision (theory and imagination) are combined with the exceptional dynamics of architectonic projects (practice and reality). Architecture thus interpreted (or rather interpreting these changes in architecture) opens up a conglomerate of metastructures of human activity and morphic strategies of exposure.

On exhibition in the Polish Pavilion will be two architectonic-artistic installations, two presentations of architectonic projects and two interventions of an architectonic-conceptual nature.
based on the text in the catalogue, by Adam Budak
The polish participation in the Venice Biennial is realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland.

media patronage ARCHITEKTURA – murator
internet patronage
sponsors of the Polish Pavilion Rigips-Stawiany Polska Sp. z o.o, Municipality of Krakow

Polish Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale
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