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41 to 66 exhibition selected to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in Architecture


February 18, 2008
by Canadian Architect

The exhibition 41 to 66: Architecture in Canada Region, Culture, Tectonics, co-curated by architectural professors John McMinn and Marco Polo and organized by Cambridge Galleries, will represent Canada at the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture.

The 2008 Biennale, entitled Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, is the world’s most prestigious architectural exhibition. The Biennale takes place in Venice, Italy from September 14 to November 23.

41 to 66 presents a selection of contemporary buildings organized within six distinct cultural and geographic regions of Canada: the Arctic, West Coast, Mountain, Prairie, Continental and Atlantic. The exhibition features a variety of leading contemporary Canadian architects whose work draws on iconic Canadian building types like the igloo, tepee and sod house as a means to address regional and cultural identity, landscape, climate and sustainability issues. Contributing architects include Busby Perkins + Will, Patkau Architects, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects and MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.

At the 2008 Biennale, this exhibit will help visitors appreciate Canadian responses to architectural identity and sustainability through literature, visual, video, audio, and web-based material that will be accessible using hand-held devises. There will also be floor-to-ceiling images projected within the pavilion, which is organized into five bays and a courtyard space. It is a celebration of Canada in its many varied dimensions through its diverse regions, material traditions and cultural influences.

Curators John McMinn and Marco Polo bring many years of curatorial experience in art, architecture and design. Steve Mykolyn of taxi Canada, will be working with the team on exhibition communications, design and promotion, bringing a wealth of creative experience in interactive communication. The Canada Council for the Arts is a primary funder for Canada’s architectural representation in Venice. Cambridge Galleries also provides financial support and will engage in fundraising activities to realize this project.

41 to 66 embodies a new wave of thinking and living in our societymoving forward with sustainable solutions,” said Canada Council Director Robert Sirman. “The Biennale is the perfect venue to showcase this panoramic view of contemporary Canadian architecture to the international community.”

41 to 66 was officially launched at the Design at Riverside Gallery in Cambridge, Ontario in November, 2005. The exhibition has an extensive tour schedule: the Works Festival (Edmonton) and iidex (Toronto) in 2006, Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina) and Dalhousie University in 2007, Museum London and Surrey Art Gallery in 2008 and the Yukon Arts Centre in 2009.

Cambridge Galleries have recently celebrated 30 years of public art gallery service in the City of Cambridge and the surrounding region of Waterloo. Comprised of three exhibition locations, Cambridge Galleries collectively present a dynamic program of exhibitions and public programming and maintain a permanent collection that reflects the best in contemporary Canadian textile based art.

In an exciting collaboration with the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge Galleries’ two existing locations were joined in 2004 by Design at Riverside, their most recent exhibition space. Located within the School of Architecture in Cambridge, this venue is dedicated to the development of awareness and appreciation for outstanding architecture and design through exhibitions, publications and related activities and is one of few public galleries with such a mandate in this country.

For more information, please visit www.cambridgegalleries.ca.



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