Pabellón de Chile gana León de Plata en Bienal de Venecia

Curadores: Pedro Alonso y Hugo Palmarola, profesores de Arquitectura y Diseño UC
Pavilion curators: Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola
Upright but isolated, a large-concrete panel stands at the centre of the Chile Pavilion. This was one of the first panels to come off the assembly line at the KPD plant – a factory which produced prefabricated housing, and which had been donated by the Soviet Union to Salvador Allende’s Chilean government in 1972. The same panel has since been the subject of several political and ideological controversies, especially after Allende himself inscribed his signature into its wet cement – a gesture that was later rendered over during Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship heralding a period that saw the panel transformed into a Catholic icon, with the addition of a Madonna and Child, and two colonial style lamp fittings. Today the panel seems free of both presidential signatures and virgins, but they are still somehow there under its patinated surface, and through these inner resonances, this now monolith is presented as a ruin of modernity, both architectural and political. The panel is surrounded by the technical, typological and conceptual reconstruction of twenty-eight large concrete panel systems developed worldwide between 1931 and 1981. Within the historiographies of modern architecture, such a building tradition represents a relatively marginal position, despite the fact that more than 170 million concrete panel apartments were built during the second half of the twentieth century. Lacking the leading figure of the author in conventional terms, the story of this panel tells about the one figure that came to replace the individual architect, the anonymous worker.
The National Council of Culture and the Arts of Chile commissions Monolith Controversies, the Chile Pavilion atFundamentalsthe 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, directed by Rem Koolhaas (June 7 to November 23, 2014).
- Commissioner: Cristóbal Molina (National Council of Culture and the Arts of Chile)
- Pavilion design: Gonzalo Puga
- Visual identity: Martín Bravo
- Production team: Felipe Aravena, José Hernández
- Multimedia: Francisco Hernández, Micol Riva
Communication: Marcela Velásquez
- Pavilion production and setup: Luigi D'Oro & Arguzia s.r.l.
- Organizer: National Council of Culture and the Arts of Chile
- Supporters:
            Fundación Imagen de Chile
20140605 MonolithControversies photo by Gonzalo Puga 9319 
© Gonzalo Puga
20140605 MonolithControversies photo by Gonzalo Puga 9322
© Gonzalo Puga
20140605 MonolithControversies photo by Gonzalo Puga 9330
© Gonzalo Puga
20140605 MonolithControversies photo by Gonzalo Puga 9382
© Gonzalo Puga
20140605 MonolithControversies photo by Gonzalo Puga 9392 
© Gonzalo Puga
DSC 0800
© Gerardo Köster

Noviembre 30, 2023

Nicolás Urzúa dicta charlas en el sur del país

El profesor ARQ UC fue invitado a dictar conferencias en las universidades Autónoma de Talca y Desarrollo de Concepción en relación al trabajo de su oficina Urzúa Soler Arquitectos. ...

Noviembre 29, 2023

Práctica de oficina | SUMATORIA + Co

Oficina de arquitectura busca estudiante para realizar su práctica profesional.

Noviembre 29, 2023

Convocatoria | Taller de verano 2024

Se abre convocatoria para participar en el taller de verano 2024 "Co-Design Rooftops en el centro de Frankfurt", organizado por la escuela de Arquitectura UC en conjunto con la Frankfurt UAS- Frankfur...

Noviembre 24, 2023

Obra audiovisual de profesores ARQ UC se exhibe en Buenos Aires

La instalación “The Plot: Miracle and Mirage” de los profesores ARQ UC Alejandra Celedón y Nicolás Stutzin junto a Javier Correa es parte del festival “Ciudades Reveladas” realizado en la capital arge...

Noviembre 24, 2023

Alejandra Bosch participó como jurado en la AA

La profesora ARQ UC y jefa del Magíster en Arquitectura del Paisaje UC viajó a Londres para ser parte del jurado de exámenes de la Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). ...