Last year, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2018 was curated by Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. They were the first Irish nationals invited to curate La Biennale di Venezia in it’s 123 year history.
As part of this major event, 16 Irish architect teams were invited to reimagine iconic works by international architects from the 20th Century, which was exhibited as Close Encounter, Meetings With Remarkable Buildings, Special Section of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.
For its Irish debut, the exhibition is set to tour the country, which will be one of the biggest displays of architectural talent seen in Ireland.
The show is being restaged at The Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork from April 6th to June 20th, and at VISUAL Carlow from September 20th to January 19th 2020.
Close Encounter which was co-curated by Professor Hugh Campbell, features immersive sculptural installations by A2 Architects, Boyd Cody Architects, Bucholz McEvoy Architects, Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects, Clancy Moore Architects, Tom dePaor, Dominic Stevens & JFOC, Donaghy + Dimond architects, GKMP Architects, Hassett Ducatez Architects, Heneghan Peng Architects, Kevin Donovan & Ryan W. Kennihan Architects, Mary Laheen & Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin, Noreile Breen, Steve Larkin, Taka Architects.
In this group of sixteen teams, there was a mix of both emerging and more established practitioners. The tour will give opportunity for all participants to present their work to an Irish audience.
The tour is produced by the Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Glucksman and VISUAL Carlow. Funded by the Arts Council, with additional support from Dublin Port Company.
The IAF, in partnership with The Glucksman and the National Sculpture Factory, will also present the Curating Architecture Conference on April 6th in Cork.