Christian Kerez at the Pavilion of Switzerland, "a pure encounter with architecture"

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Commissioners
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia – Ma rianne Burki, Head of Visual Arts; Sandi Paucic, Project Manager for Swiss participation Venice Biennale
Deputy Commissioner
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia – Rachele Giudici Legittimo, Project Coordinator for Swiss participation Venice Biennale Exhibitor: Christian Kerez
Curator
Sandra Oehy
Team Christian Kerez Zurich AG / Chair of Christian Kerez at ETH Zurich
Team leaders: Joni Kaçani, Lea Grunder Collaborators: Melina Mezari, Poltak Pandjaitan, Nicolò Krättli, Adi Grüninger, Oliver Dubuis, Florian Christopher Seedorf, Hermes Kìller, Nicholas Hoban, Gianna Ledermann, Jann Erhard, Dimitrios Katsis, Victoria Fard Students Biennale Atelier : Antoine Bargain, Marco Carraro, Monika Dobrakowska, Victoria Fard, Micol Galeotti, Tommaso Gomiero, Martina Ivancic, Katia Jancikic, Dimitrios Katsis, Michel Kessler, Jens Knöpfel, Yiqiu Liu, Niti Malik, Iacopo M anin i, Alessandro Mazza, Giulia Migliaccio, Francesca Pasqual, Matija Peric, Simona Quagliano, Wilhelm Reitzer, Luca Rizzo, Rina Rolli, Yuki Shimizu, Michael Thoma, Joana Tschopp, Nathanael Weiss Graphic design and visual communication Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet

CHRISTIAN KEREZ

Christian Kerez. Swiss architect Christian Kerez, born 1962 in Maracaibo (Venezuela), will be responsible for the Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Kerez studied at ETH Zurich and has been teaching there as Professor of Architecture and Design since 2009. Recently, Christian Kerez received international praise for his proposal for a commercial tower building in Zhengzhou, China, and a largescale social housing development project in Brazil. In Switzerland he has made a name for himself with the construction of a new school in Leutschenbach. The compact building is characterised by huge steel lattice formwork and a top-floor gym offering a panoramic view. The load-bearing structure, material and spatial concept form a unity that is both clear and complex. The conceptual stringency of Kerez’s designs also becomes apparent in his «house with one wall», a two-family home in Zurich-Witikon formed from a single slab of concrete.

Kerez seeks to enable a new spatial experience that can only be brought about by architecture. Within the design process, he combines fundamental considerations with the question of how a specific architectural concept can make a worthwhile contribution to the everyday.
 

SANDRA OEHY

La exposición «Incidental Space» de Christian Kerez en la XV Exposición Internacional de Arquitectura de la Bienal de Venecia ha sido comisariada por la historiadora de arte Sandra Oehy. Junto con los comisarios generales Alex Lehnerer y Savvas Ciriacidis, comisarió la contribución alemana «Bungalow Germania» para la Exposición Internacional de Arquitectura de la XIV Biennale di Venezia, en 2014. De 2010 a 2013, fue co-directora de Van Horbourg, una espacio de arte para el arte contemporáneo en Basilea y en Zurich, y también trabajó como comisaria independiente. Oehy ha realizado exposiciones colectivas e individuales con artistas como Armin Linke, William Forsythe, Simon Denny, Stan Douglas, HR Giger, escayola Rico / Michael Meier, Bas Princen, Pennacchio Argentato y Quinn Latimer. Estudió Historia del Arte, Ciencias Políticas y Sociología de la Universidad de Zurich. Desde 2014, ha sido miembro de la comisión técnica de compra cantonal del cantón de Zug.

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