Biennales and exhibitions

Danish Architecture Centre sees international architecture biennales as important platforms for focusing on global issues concerning the world of architecture. Here you find all the Danish contributions for the International Architecture Biennale in Venice.


Opening of Possible Greenland in 2012

Danish Architecture Centre sees international architecture biennales as important platforms for focusing on global issues concerning the world of architecture. Our participation in these biennales is aimed at exchanging ideas and concepts and creating knowledge and inspiration networks with our international colleagues. 

DAC has been appointed Commissioner of the International Architecture Biennale in Venice by the Danish Ministry of Culture since 2004.

Q&A_Urban Questions_Copenhagen Answers (2010) invited the audience to visit the living lab of Copenhagen and explore how Copenhagen offers hundreds of architectural answers to the all-important question: what makes a livable city? Contributions like Possible Greenland (2012), CO-EVOLUTION (2006, Golden Lion award) and ecotopedia - walk the talk (2008) have focused on the role architects play in countering the global climate challenges.

In recent years, DAC has also begun to direct their attention towards other international biennales, among these Sao Paulo, where CO-EVOLUTION and Q&A_Urban Questions_Copenhagen Answers has been exhibited.


Exhibitions at the International Architecture Biennale, Venice:

 Den danske pavillion i Venedig / The Danish pavilion


2016: Art of Many - The right to space

At this year's exhibition Boris Brorman Jensen and Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss has worked together to create a dynamic universe that exhibits the diversity of innovative thinking and architectural development of new Danish humanistic architecture. The exhibition bring fresh insights into how new Danish architecture has been influenced by critics of the modernist approach, with Jan Gehl as the standard bearer, as well as a stunning snapshot of contemporary Danish architecture - at home and out in the world.

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2014: The Power of Aesthetics

The exhibition is curated by Stig L. Anderson who insists on a new sensuous and sustainable symbiosis between rationality and aesthetics - between architecture and nature.
It is a reflection on the fundamentals of the modern Danish society, which emerged in the mid19th Century: The short pocket of time after the collapse of Romanticism but before the heralded Danish welfare state fully emerged; where the poetic interaction between architecture, literature, art, nature and science liberated an unprecedented energy and a belief in a dynamic society hitherto unseen in Denmark and elsewhere.

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2012: Possible Greenland

The project "Possible Greenland" focuses on a Greenland that is currently the centre of a development where the emergence of new natural resources, climate changes, new industries and geological research providing brand new knowledge on the origin of the world all lead to new and exciting opportunities - for the people of Greenland and for the country's business and cultural life, but also for Danish and international companies who want to develop their business and take responsibility for a sustainable development of tomorrow's Greenland.

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Biennale 2010 Q&A

2010: Q&A: Urban Questions_Copenhagen Answers
In the course of the past twenty years, Copenhagen has been a living lab of sustainable urban development. As a result Copenhagen has changed radically - not only in its architecture but also in the way we use and live in the city. New connections with the Metro and bicycle routes have been implemented, new urban spaces and new public buildings created, and new ways of living, working, going to school and spending leisure time emerged. Each of these provides new suggestions in regard to how the urban challenges of cities can be met with architectural answers. 

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Ecotopedia collage

2008: ecotopedia - walk the talk
This exhibition was a platform for debate and the exchange of knowledge within sustainable urban planning. The exhibition presents architects, planners, organisations, experts, networks and individuals who are making a difference today. It focuses on the fact that future urban living poses both one of the greatest challenges to the global environment and holds the potential to become the only sustainable inhabitation on the planet.

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Biennale Co-Evolution 2006

2006: CO-EVOLUTION  - A Danish/Chinese collaboration on sustainable urban development in China.
"How can China proceed with its ambitious project to improve living conditions for its population without exhausting the very resources needed to sustain a better life?"
This is the question that the Danish curator and architect Henrik Valeur asks with CO-EVOLUTION.  The exhibition shows how architects, in collaboration with researchers and planners, are helping to meet the global challenges following in the wake of China's massive economic growth and the intended 'welfare boost'.

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2004: Too Perfect - Seven New Denmarks
The exhibition was produced by designer Bruce Mau and seven young, Danish architectural firms.

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Last updated Tuesday, May 24, 2016