OMA at venice architecture biennale 2010
OMA at venice architecture biennale 2010 OMA at venice architecture biennale 2010
sep 06, 2010

OMA at venice architecture biennale 2010

‘preservation’, OMA’s exhibition at the 12th international venice architecture biennale image © designboom


as part of this year’s international architecture biennale in venice, OMA is presenting an exhibition entitled ‘preservation’, which looks at our sense of duty towards history and aims to redefine the under-explored theme beyond architecture’s disciplinary boundaries.


occupying two large rooms in the palazzo dell esposizioni, the installation is divided into two parts of distinct character and function: the first room (on lower floor) features a number of OMA projects which engage with the elements of preservation. from the firm’s first preservation project, the ‘dutch parliament extension’ in the hague, to the exploration of inaction as a tool of preservation in the ‘hermitage project’ set in st. petersburg, russia, the work is communicated through photographs, historical documents, and relics.



‘preservation’, OMA’s exhibition at the 12th international venice architecture biennale image © designboom



preservation in the ‘hermitage project’ set in st. petersburg, russia image © designboom


a view of the preservation exhibition image © designboom



exhibition view, watercolor painting of ‘dutch parliament extension’ (madelon vriesendorp) on the wall image © designboom


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table of relicts, fetishes of preservation image © designboom


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the lower level of the exhibition space leads to the upper level where the second part of CRONOCAOS is shown image © designboom


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the second room features a collection of critical preservation stories of the 20th and 21st century organized under five themes: the increasing territorial claims of preservation, the arbitrary morality of what is preserved and what is not, notalgia vs. memory, the preservation of the future, and the ‘black hole’ of preservation. see PART 2

the back wall of the second room shows a timeline of OMA projects from the firm’s 35 years of practice. presented in the form of a peel-off postcard, visitors are encouraged to take them off the wall for keepsake, resulting in a visual piece that exhibits the elements of preservation and depletion.

  • This is a great lesson in history, the evolution of architecture and the changing role of its importance on our society today. It brings to light how much our values have changed over time and the direction we should move towards regarding buildings / architecture of the future. Very beautiful exhibition and documentation. Looking forward to seeing more of this.

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