Jacques Herzog: ‘Maybe in four years I could curate the Venice Biennale’ 03.07.14

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This year's curator Rem Koolhaas picked "Fundamantals" as the theme for the Biennale – pictured above

The architect puts his hat in the ring for the prestigious role during an interview for Icon's latest issue about this year's Swiss pavilion

Jacques Herzog has revealed an interest in curating the Venice Architecture Biennale, despite his belief that exhibiting architecture is impossible.

"The more I speak about it, the more I think I have some ingredients that could work," the Herzog & de Meuron founder told Icon during an interview for its latest issue – out today.

"I haven't spoken to [Biennale president] Paolo Baratta again but, certainly, I will do that. Maybe in four years, we could."

Herzog has been asked to take on the role before, but said he was "not ready and willing" – mainly because of the difficulty of presenting architecture in this way. "Architecture always represents something that is somewhere," he explained. "Architecture's made to be shown somewhere, and that's very different from an art exhibition. We've done our own exhibitions, in the Pompidou and the Tate – [they are] always tests on how you can show architecture.

"I'm still undecided. If I did [curate the Biennale], it would be about the impossibility of displaying architecture.

He added: "I think you also have to devote a lot of time [to it] ... I mean, I think [this year's curator] Rem [Koolhaas] is pretty tired!"

Read the full interview with Jacques Herzog – the "Reluctant exhibitionist" – and much more in Icon's August 2014 issue about the Venice Biennale, available to buy today. Buy old issues or subscribe to the magazine for more like this




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Architecture's made to be shown somewhere, and that's very different from an art exhibition

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