La Montagne de Venise
by Yona Friedman with Jean Baptiste Decavèle
28thSeptember – 1st October 2016
Venice – Arsenal, Punta della Dogana, San Marco Basin,
Biennale Gardens, Giudecca, Zattere, Fondamenta Nove
curated by Chiara Bertola and Giuliano Sergio
project realized in collaboration with
the Querini Stampalia Foundation, the IUAV University and Fine Arts Academy of Venice
promoted and coordinated by Zerynthia Contemporary Art Association OdV
patrocinated by No Man’s Land Foundation
Venice has always had a style of its own, a style which is unique in Europe and which has influenced the Orient. The Mountain is part of an attempt to create a style which is lacking in present day architecture. It is part of a small series which has already been realized (in other parts of the world). I do not know where this will lead but it is worth trying. I believe it could be an opening. Y.F
La Montagne de Venise is an architectural action realized in one of the Arsenal’s hangars, made from a mobile, transformable chestnut wood structure seven metres in height mounted upon a floating jetty reaching from the 28th to the 30th of September various points of the lagoon: Arsenale, Giardini della Biennale, Punta della Dogana, Bacino di San Marco, Zattere, Giudecca, Fondamenta Nove.
At each venue the floating Montagne was welcomed by performances with students, passerby, children coordinated by NOW – New Operation Wave.
The project was presented by Yona Friedman with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle at the auditorium of the Querini Stampalia Foundation on September 27th 2016.
The language chosen by Friedman for this project is that of fairy tales which gleans from popular imagination; Venice, with its theatrical, playful and carnivalesque tradition, is in perfect harmony with the project.