On May 25th, the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS in the German pavilion at the 16th Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2018 was opened successfully by State Secretary Gunther Adler and Federal President Michael Müller. More than 900 enthusiastic guests, the who's who of the architecture industry, celebrated this festive event. Occhio is main sponsor and thus provided atmospheric lighting at the opening party.
The exhibition is curated and designed by Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit and Lars Krückeberg of Graft Architekten together with the Green politician Marianne Birthler. Occhio put the legendary opening party of the German Pavilion in the rowing club of the Giudecca in the right light: For instance, guests were greeted by Mito staging the brick vault of the entrance area.
Germany has been united for 28 years, exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961–1989). On the occasion of this parallel, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler investigate the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon in the German Pavilion. With reference to “Freespace”, the central theme of the Architecture Biennale proposed by Grafton Architects, special focus will be given to outstanding examples of urban and architectural design that address aspects of division and integration.
"We are very proud to be partner of this important cultural event," said Axel Meise, designer and founder of Occhio. "Especially because the Biennale is an important forum for international exchange that attracts culturally interested people from all over the world."
La Biennale di Venezia, one of the world's most important architectural exhibitions, is more than a cultural performance show of different nations. Since 1980, the event contributes to the contemporary discourse and international exchange. The exhibition contributions – or country participation – in the pavilions in the Giardini of Venice are showcases of a country’s architectural characteristics as well as an important forum of international exchange attracting people from all over the world beyond the professional audience.