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For Venice Architecture Biennale, Rem Koolhaas Will Return to ‘Fundamentals’

Following David Chipperfield‘s push to dispense with architectural egos and “create a tent where [architects] could show architecture instead of themselves” at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, Rem Koolhaas has signed on as curator of the 14th exhibition, which gets underway in June 2014. The OMA founder is also looking to escape the cult of personality–ixnay on the starchitects!–by returning to “Fundamentals” and looking back over the last 100 years of architecture.

“After several Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, ‘Fundamentals’ will focus on histories–on the inevitable elements of all architecture used by any architect, anywhere, anytime (the door, the floor, the ceiling etc.) and on the evolution of national architectures in the last 100 years,” said Koolhaas in a recent statement. “In three complementary manifestations–taking place in the Central Pavilion, the Arsenale, and the National Pavilions–this retrospective will generate a fresh understanding of the richness of architecture’s fundamental repertoire, apparently so exhausted today.”

Having been given a headstart on the project compared to previous years, Koolhaas plans to use the extra time “to introduce a degree of coordination and coherence among the National Pavilions. “Ideally, we would want the represented countries to engage a single theme–Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014,” he noted, “and to show, each in their own way, the process of the erasure of national characteristics in favor of the almost universal adoption of a single modern language in a single repertoire of typologies.”

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