LAS Art Foundation

swell of spæc(i)es: Frequently Asked Questions

A Collateral Event of the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

25 Apr. 2024

Why did LAS Art Foundation create a pavilion at the Accademia di Belle Arti?

The Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia is the city’s leading site of learning and experimentation in the arts. As an institution, LAS and Accademia share an investment in the future of art and ideas. LAS is an itinerant, non-profit arts organisation, and it is important to LAS and to the artist to root this project in the environment of Venice by engaging local audiences and finding affinity organisations within the city. We’re honoured to partner with the Accademia and therefore offer students opportunities for closer engagement in the exhibition and the work of LAS through curator tours and a lecture series. It is important to LAS to engage with local partners, and for this project LAS works with partners including ISMAR and Ocean Space.

Why was a pavilion chosen for the installation?

It is important to LAS to create immersive experiences, which engage all our senses and “world-build” through art. This was best achieved through carefully designing our own pavilion. In addition, there is no exhibition space at the Accademia that could be adapted, so we decided to build a structure to house the installation onsite. We were connected with the award-winning, Venice-based studio UNA / UNLESS, which is part architecture studio, part social agency. The pavilion is constructed so that it can be disassembled and remounted for future use.

What materials is the pavilion made with, what will happen to the pavilion after the exhibition?

The shell of the pavilion is 100% non-toxic and recyclable polymer and the majority of the pavilion is made with wood from a local provider. When the exhibition is completed, LAS would like to offer the materials to the students and faculty for reuse, and those not taken on by the school are intended to be recycled.

What measures have been taken that take into account issues for students and faculty?

LAS offers a programme for students and faculty to engage with the exhibition and ideas it contends with. We also wish to have the exhibition be as non-disruptive as possible and have made the visitor journey come through the courtyard only. The project itself was discussed and approved by the board of the Accademia, which includes representation from faculty and students, and presented to the students of the Accademia on 28 February 2024.

How can I give feedback on my thoughts about the pavilion?

Please feel free to contact us with any queries or concerns at our email dedicated to this project, [email protected]. We have several Italian speakers within our team who are glad to answer you.

Why are there security cameras? Where does the security footage go?

Due to the open nature of the pavilion, security cameras and motion sensors are installed to ensure that the artworks and pavilion are safe and secure, especially at times in which the building is closed after opening hours. The security footage is held up to a maximum of 72 hours; after that time period, the footage is deleted from the system.

What are the exhibition’s opening hours/ closing days?

The pavilion and exhibition are open to viewing by the public from Thursday to Sunday; it is closed to the public from Monday to Wednesday. More specifically:

Open from 12:00 - 18:00 Thursday to Sunday (including public holidays)
Closed Monday to Wednesday (except 22 April, 17 June, 22 July, 2 September, 30 September and 18 November)

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