• Conférence
  • La Biennale di Venezia
22.03.23 18h30

Exhibiting Architecture at the Venice Biennale

History, Politics and Challenges

Léa-Catherine Szacka (Senior Lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester)

@ luca - Luxembourg Center for Architecture
© ASAC - La Biennale di Venezia
This lecture will unpack the pre-history and beginnings of the Venice Architecture Biennale and highlight the political aspect of such displays, before looking at the challenges posed by more contemporary examples of architecture Biennials and Triennials.

It will discuss how these exhibitions mobilise different methods of communication – between showing the project and producing installations and atmospheres – while operating as spaces for experimentation as well as new economic and cultural agents.

In 2016 Léa-Catherine Szacka published her book ‘Exhibiting the Postmodern’ which traces the emergence of the Venice Architecture Biennale. She has since continued to explore the role of architectural displays, and more particularly the explosion of Architecture Biennials and Triennials in recent decades in her second book ‘Biennials/Triennials : Conversations on the Geography of Itinerant Display’ published in 2019 by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.

  • Upon registration, free entry
  • Language : English

This lecture is organised by luca, within the framework of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. With the support of Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg.

Léa-Catherine Szacka

Senior Lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester

Léa-Catherine Szacka is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester and, since 2018, a visiting tutor at the Berlage Post-master in Architecture and Urban Design.

Szacka's work focuses on the history and theory of postmodern architecture, with a particular focus on media and curating. Szacka is the author of ‘Exhibiting the Postmodern: The 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale’ (Marsilio, 2016), for which she was awarded the 2017 Alice Davies Hitchcock Medallion by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB). She is also the author of ‘Biennials/Triennials: Conversations on the Geography of Itinerant Display’ (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2019) and co-author of ‘Le Concert: Pink Floyd à Venise’ (B2, 2017), as well as co-editor of ‘Mediated Messages: Periodicals, Exhibitions and the Shaping of Postmodern Architecture’ (Bloomsbury, 2018). Together with Silvia Micheli, she is currently completing the manuscript of ‘Paolo Portoghesi: Architecture Between History, Politics and Media’ (Bloomsbury, forthcoming August 2023).

Her writing has also appeared in AA Files, Log, OASE, Architecture Theory Review, and The Journal of Architecture Education, just to name a few. In 2022, Szacka co-curated the 10th International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam, ‘It's About Time: The Architecture of Change’.

Léa-Catherine Szacka © Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)