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Biennale Architettura 2023: closing weekend programme

The last two Carnival events are scheduled at the Arsenale on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November.



Last days to visit the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, entitled The Laboratory of the Future, which will close on Sunday November 26th. Two dates not to be missed designed by the Curator Lesley Lokko for the closing week: Saturday November 25th a panel discussion will accompany excerpts from the Biennale College Architettura 2023 documentary filmAll That is Solid, directed by Ángel Borrego Cubero, at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale (6 pm - 7 pm); Sunday November 26th the performance by the artist and poet LionHeart, at the Corderie of the Arsenale.

6 PM - 7 PM

· Panel discussion with Nana Biamah-OfosuEkow EshunLuca Molinari and Rahesh Ram. Introduced and moderated by Lesley Lokko

· Excerpts screening of All That is SolidBiennale College Architettura 2023 documentary film

The Curator Lesley Lokko will discuss with Nana Biamah-Ofosu, Ekow Eshun, Luca Molinari and Rahesh Ram about the prizes, the possibilities, and pitfalls of the first-ever Biennale College Architettura. Accompanying the discussion will be excerpts from the soon-to-be-released documentary, All That is Solid, directed by the Spanish architect Ángel Borrego Cubero, presenting the College as a profoundly transformative pedagogical experiment. Over the course of four weeks (from 25 June — 22 July 2023), 15 tutors and 9 critics, including architects, academics and international professionals, worked with 49 participants selected by Lesley Lokko among 986 applications coming from students, graduates under 30, academics (PhD candidates, researchers, university assistants, tutors, teaching fellows, etc.), and emerging practitioners under 35 from all over the world. Several field trips and a series of workshops, seminars and conferences allowed the participants to explore the themes of the Exhibition and to think critically and creatively about the most pressing issues of our time and The Laboratory of the Futuredecolonisation and decarbonisation.

Admission is free until capacity is reached.


· Performance LionHeart Live

· Roberto Cicutto and Lesley Lokko will greet the public

To celebrate the closing of The Laboratory of the Future the live poetry performance by the artist and poet LionHeart - special participation at the Biennale Architettura 2023 with the sound-visual-textual-oral tapestry Those With Walls for Windows - will be performed on Sunday afternoon November 26th at the Corderie of the Arsenale as the final event of the Carnival project. Following, Lesley Lokko and President Cicutto will greet the public with some reflections on the Exhibition that is drawing to a close.

Please note that a ticket for the 18th International Architecture Exhibition is required to attend.


Carnival is the cycle of meetings, lectures, round tables, films and performances designed by curator Lesley Lokko to animate the Biennale Architettura 2023 and explore the themes of The Laboratory of the Future, open until November 26th.

Carnival is supported by Rolex, Exclusive Partner and Official Timepiece of the Exhibition.

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