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Norway National Museum heads Biennale Nordic Pavilion. Oslo’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo is organizing the Nordic Pavilion at this year’s Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is called “Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models”. It will display and discuss how Nordic architecture was a vital part of Nordic aid to East Africa in the 1960s.  In a joint venture with architectural firm Space Group, the exhibition will revolve around the themes of building and finding freedom. According to the National Museum, the concept is an unexplored field in the history of architecture.

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Norway National Museum heads Biennale Nordic Pavilion

Published on Thursday, 13th March, 2014 at 08:21 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.
Last Updated on 13th March 2014 at 08:34.

Oslo’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo is organizing the Nordic Pavilion at this year’s Biennale di Venezia.

Kenyatta International Conference Center
Norwegian architect Karl Henrik Nøstvik designed this building, constructed by by Israeli contractors Solel Boneh & Factah. Kenyatta International Conference Center
Photo: © David Keith Jones


The exhibition is called “Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models”. It will display and discuss how Nordic architecture was a vital part of Nordic aid to East Africa in the 1960s. 

In a joint venture with architectural firm Space Group, the exhibition will revolve around the themes of building and finding freedom. According to the National Museum, the concept is an unexplored field in the history of architecture.

Newly-liberated African countries of Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia formed bonds with Nordic social democracies based on a shared belief in progress after they were established in the early 1960s.

The exhibition’s first concept, ‘Building Freedom’ focuses on the master plans used to build cities and the prototypes employed to build hospitals, schools, and other such places.

‘Finding Freedom’, the second concept, is the area that emerged from Nordic aid and African nation-building, where progressive ideas could be developed as architectural solutions, the National Museum says.

The Nordic Pavillion exhibition will also show the work Norwegian architect Karl Henrik Nøstvik (1925-1992), one of the few architects of the era whose archives remain intact.

Pres. Kenyatta, Karl Henrik Nøstvik at KICC opening
Pres. Kenyatta, Karl Henrik Nøstvik at KICC opening
© All rights reserved, courtesy of the Nøstvik Family
Nøstvik went to Kenya in 1965 two years after the country gained its independence. He was among the first group of experts sent there as part of the Norwegian aid package. 

Employed by the Kenyan government, he designed the KICC (Kenyatta International Conference Centre (1966-73)) after being commissioned by them. It is the country’s first government building, and was the tallest until the 1990s.

The International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia is considered to be one of the world’s finest architecture exhibitions. This year’s appointed curator is the renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

Exhibitions at the national pavilions will be based on the “Absorbing Modernity 1914–2014” theme. Koolhaas hopes that each nation will discuss its history of modernization over the past century in various ways, using their own approaches, and hopefully presenting informal and previously untold stories.

Director of Architecture at the Norway’s National Museum, Dr. Nina Berre, is the main curator in the Nordic Pavilion, which is co-owned by Finland and Sweden.



Published on Thursday, 13th March, 2014 at 08:21 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.
Last updated on 13th March 2014 at 08:34.

This post has the following tags: venice, biennale, norway.





  
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