Biennale Architettura 2023 - Venezia

Biennale Architettura 2023 in Venice

03 May 2023

Biennale Architettura 2023 in Venice

The 18th International Architecture Exhibition, curated by Lesley Lokko and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, is open to the public from May 20th to November 26th 2023 at the Giardini and the Arsenale venues in Venice and at Forte Marghera (Mestre).

May 18th and 19th are the pre-opening days.


Biennale Architettura 2023: The Laboratory of the Future


The Laboratory of the Future is the theme chosen by curator Lesley Lokko for the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale, an exhibition focused on the concept of change, primarily climate change. In fact, La Biennale di Venezia is committed to promoting a more sustainable model for the design, installation and operation of all its events, obtaining carbon neutrality certification for all its events in 2022.

Regarding this edition of the Architecture Biennale, Lesley Lokko explains: “an architecture exhibition is both a moment and a process. It borrows its structure and format from art exhibitions, but it differs from art in critical ways which often go unnoticed. Aside from the desire to tell a story, questions of production, resources and representation are central to the way an architecture exhibition comes into the world, yet are rarely acknowledged or discussed. From the outset, it was clear that the essential gesture of The Laboratory of the Future would be «change».”

The 2023 Architecture Biennale is divided into six parts and more than half of the 89 participants come from Africa and the African Diaspora, with 70% of the works produced by individually run studios or made of up to five people.

This edition includes 64 National Participations, among which Niger participates for the first time, while the Holy See returns to exhibit on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

As usual, the main section is housed in the Central Pavilion at the Giardini venue, while the others are housed at the Arsenale and on the mainland at Forte Marghera in Mestre.

18th International Architecture Exhibition 2023
May 20th - November 26th 2023
Pre-opening: May 18th, 19th
Giardini and Arsenale - Venice
Forte Marghera - Mestre

Photo: ©Biennale Venezia -

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