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The Catalan architect Josep Ferrando is exhibiting at Palazzo Bembo in Venice as part of the Architecture Biennale

Archit. & design.  Venice,  29/06/2014

Josep Ferrando, one of the best known Catalan architects abroad at this time, has been invited to show his work at Palazzo Bembo in Venice in the framework of the collective exhibition “Time Space Existence” and as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale which will open on 7 June.

A show that brings together over 100 architects of 40 different nationalities, among them the Pritzker Prize winners Eduardo Souto de Moura and Foster+Partners. The aim of their proposal is to show and highlight the architect’s instruments through the process of drafting the projects. The show is organised by the Global Art Affairs Foundation, a non-profit organisation.

For Ferrando, “drawing and modelling is discovering” and at this exhibition he has set out to convey the essence condensed in that premise. For that reason, and bearing in mind that “what is fundamental in the architectural work is not just the constructed work but the process as well”, he has conceptualised an exhibition that reflects the intensity and importance of the process through the confluence of two paths: the projection of intermediate documents that speak of a decidedly rational architecture and an intense identification with the context through light and matter, and the staging of the gestation of a seat with and for Figueras, a leading company in public seating, in association with which he has prepared the exhibition. The company was awarded the National Design Prize in 2013.

This last project, which lasts for six months, is a process the architect will share, week after week, with the visitors to the exhibition. The projections will show, step by step, the stages that emerge from the concept to the form, and the catalogue that will be published at the close containing everything from the first sketches to the final prototype: a chair. A story about the process of the relation between the architect, the user and the industry which is constructed during the time the exhibition stays open.

Catalonia will be present at the Eventi Collaterali with the project “Grafting Architecture”, curated by Josep Torrents i Alegre and promoted by the Institut Ramon Llull.

Part of a collective show organised by the Global Art Affairs Foundation

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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