The Australian Institute of Architects has announced it will rejoin the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale in May 2021.

The 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale was originally scheduled to begin in May, but was postponed until August due to the COVID-19 outbreak in northern Italy. In May, it was postponed again to 2021.

The Institute previously withdrew from the event due to the pandemic and travel restrictions. In a statement, the Institute said, “Following the Biennale’s postponement of the event to next year, the decision has been made to take part in the 2021 celebrations.”

Curated by Hashim Sarkis, the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale will be themed “How will we live together?”

Australia’s exhibition, In Between by creative directors Jefa Greenaway and Tristan Wong, will explore connections between indigenous cultures across Australia and the South Pacific. Read our interview with the creative directors here.

“The theme of the exhibition – How Will We Live Together? – is now more prominent than ever before,” said Helen Lochhead, chair of the Australian Venice Biennale Committee. “In creating their response to this, our creative directors Tristan Wong and Jefa Greenaway have been exploring architectural projects that embrace Australia’s diversity and rich indigenous heritage. This is a hugely important topic in Australia and across the world and I look forward to seeing the pavilion come together.”

“We’re pleased to once again have the opportunity to bring Australian architecture to the world stage at the Venice Architecture Biennale. This event is a highlight of the architectural calendar and is an opportunity to showcase not just fantastic architecture, but new and innovative ideas that have a lasting impact on the built environment.”

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will take place from 22 May to 21 November in 2021 while the 59th Art Exhibition has been postponed until 2022.

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