BRITISH PAVILION

14th International Architecture Exhibition

14th International Architecture Exhibition –
la Biennale di Venezia 2014

The British Council is delighted to present A Clockwork Jerusalem, an exhibition curated by Sam Jacob of FAT Architecture and Wouter Vanstiphout of Crimson Architectural Historians for the British Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2014.

A Clockwork Jerusalem responds to the theme of ‘Absorbing Modernity: 1914 - 2014’, as set for the national pavilions by Rem Koolhaas, Curator of the Biennale Architettura 2014. The exhibition explores how a specifically British form of Modernism emerged in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution. This combined traditions of the Romantic, sublime and pastoral with a fascination and fear of the industry, technology and science fiction to create new visions of society that became the basis for post-war architecture and planning.

The exhibition tells the story of the visions – both real and imaginary – that arose during Britain's struggle to come to terms with modernity, and explores how they continue to inform the nation’s physical and imaginative landscapes. Suggesting trajectories to address the new forms of crisis in a now globalised modernity, A Clockwork Jerusalem argues for today’s challenges in architecture and planning to be faced with the same imagination and ambition that has long characterised Britain’s attempts to build its New Jerusalems.

A Clockwork Jerusalem will be open to the public throughout the duration of the Biennale Architettura 2014, from 7th June to 23rd November 2014, with a press preview from 5th to 6th June.

Commissioner for the British Pavilion 2014: Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion at the British Council

Curators for the British Pavilion 2014: Sam Jacob, FAT Architecture and Wouter Vanstiphout, Crimson Architectural Historians.