Tuesday 13 November 2007

The biennale opens to the public


(the French national contribution)

(Christ & Gantenbein Architects, Switzerland)

Arriving at the pavilion Sunday morning, for the first public viewing of the biennale, I am as always struck by the quiet beauty of this building. The morning light filters through the palm trees and the tropical plants growing outside , rendering the room with sharp shadow and an atmosphere of complete serenity.
There are no traces left of yesterday’s party; the bustling atmosphere or the masses of people pushing their way through access ramps and galleries have been exchanged for newly polished floors and a continues trickle of solitaire wanderers, actually taking their time to sit down in one of the many reading areas or watch the full course of a 20 minutes video.

Most of the different representations are walking around, checking their exhibitions for damage. Surprisingly enough, considering all the fragile models, it seems no one has had anything broken during yesterday’s excitements.
Co –Evolution is in perfect condition. With a little help of our security guard we fill up with the remaining 150 catalogues, and leave to finally have a closer look at some of our other favorite contributions. When we arrive back a little less than an hour later, they are all gone.

Kjersti Wikstrøm

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