biennale stories. The German Pavilion

'La Biennale Arte di Venezia' is the world's most internationally renowned and oldest art biennale. Since 1971, the artistic contribution in the German Pavilion has been coordinated by ifa - since 2009 also in the role of commissioner. In several editions the storytelling format 'biennale stories' focuses on the exciting and controversial history of the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

#1 Pebbles, Pomp and Patrons


The first edition is dedicated to Venice as an art location. The lagoon city hosts the Biennale Arte every two years. Its concept of national exhibition buildings is unique. So is the listed building of the German Pavilion with its exciting history and architecture.
'#1 Pebbles, Pomp and Patrons' takes a walk through the Giardini while learning more about ifa's role as commissioner.

The journey to Venice begins here

#2 Demolish it? Remodel it? Live with it?

© Avital Greenshpon, Ferdinand Knecht

No other pavilion at the Venice Biennial is as controversial as the German Pavilion. Ever since the Nazis lent the exhibition building the appearance that endures to this day, the structure has been engulfed in controversial discussion. '#2 Demolish it? Remodel it? Live with it?' is all about the pavilion's history and architecture, and the debates surrounding them. Marks left by the artistic interventions of contributions past are made visible.

Discover the biennale stories #2

German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia

Acting on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) has played a decisive role in positioning the German Pavilion at the Biennale Arte in Venice since 1971. Since 2009, ifa has also acted as the pavilion’s commissioner, assuming overall responsibility for the major project.

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