Mario Cucinella has been named curator of the Padiglione Italia at the 2018 Biennale di Venezia by the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism Dario Franceschini.
Mario Cucinella was selected more than one year before the opening of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia in 2018. His nomination marks the conclusion of a process to which ten leading national and international figures were invited. The project was selected by the Minister from the shortlist proposed by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries.
“Cucinella’s project – Franceschini stated – is highly ambitious and innovative. It keeps the international community’s attention focused on the challenge of rebuilding”.
Mario Cucinella founded Mario Cucinella Architects in Paris in 1992 and in Bologna in 1999. The hallmarks of his work and research include the design of sustainable buildings and the rational use of energy.
Conscious of the positive impact that a building can have on the regeneration of the environment around it (natural, urban and social-economic) Cucinella has consistently encouraged the adoption of a language of design that expresses the beauty and richness of local cultures.
A total of ten curatorial proposals were received by the DGAAP, responsible for the selection process. Each was developed by architects known for their attention toward the most advanced research and experiments applied to themes of public and private space.
The 10 curators invited were: Alterstudio partners, Fabrizio Barozzi, Marco Stefano Biraghi, Alessandra Cianchetta, C+S/Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini, Mario Cucinella, Labics/Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori, Vincenzo Latina, Simona Malvezzi, Matteo Robiglio.