Dutch pavilion at Venice Biennale to spotlight J. Bakema

23/01/2014
Dutch pavilion at Venice Biennale to spotlight J. Bakema
Dutch pavilion.[VEN] Italy
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"A Bakema Celebration" is the title of the exhibition that will be held in the Dutch pavillion at La Biennale di Venezia’s 14th International Architectural Exhibition 2014. Organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut together with Delft University of Technology, the display ponders on the idea of open society that influences Jaap Bakema's work, one of the Netherlands' most important architects of the 20th century.

The Dutch entry at La Biennale di Venezia’s 14th International Architectural Exhibition will examine the work and ideas of the architect Jaap Bakema. The exhibition Open: A Bakema Celebration will critically reflect on the idea of the open society through Bakema’s work and research. It will constitute one of the first activities of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Delft University of Technology’s new Jaap Bakema Study Centre. The 14th Venice Architecture Biennale opens on 7 June and runs through 23 November.

The internationally prominent Dutch architect Jaap Bakema (1914–1981) concerned himself with social issues and was active within the international avant-garde movements CIAM and Team 10. His Rotterdam office, Van den Broek en Bakema, was responsible for a number of the Netherlands' most important postwar projects, including the Rotterdam shopping street Lijnbaan. Its archive is housed in the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Bakema also worked as a professor of architecture at Delft University of Technology.

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre was founded in October 2013 by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Delft University of Technology. Het Nieuwe Instituut manages one of the world's largest architecture collections. The architecture faculty at Delft University of Technology is esteemed around the world for its notable research in the field. W...read more