Golden Lion to Paulo Mendes da Rocha
6. de maig 2016
Photo: Lito Mendes da Rocha
Alejandro Aravena, director of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, has selected Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha to receive the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Per a statement from la Biennale di Venezia, the decision to give the Golden Lion to the 2006 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (ten years before Aravena's prize) was motivated by his architecture's "Timelessness":
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who will turn 88 in October, will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement on Saturday May 28th at Ca’ Giustinian, the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia, during the awards ceremony and inauguration of the 15th Exhibition, which will open to the public at 10:00 am on that same day.
Many decades after being built, each of his projects have resisted the test of time, both stylistically and physically. This astonishing consistency may be the consequence of his ideological integrity and his structural genius. He is a nonconformist challenger and simultaneously a passionate realist. His fields of interest are beyond architecture, in political, social, geographical, historical and technical realms. The role model he played for many generations of architects in Brazil, Latin America and everywhere is that of a person able to join shared and collective efforts as well as someone able to attract others to the cause of a better built environment.
L: Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil, 1988 (Photo by Nelson Kon). R: Chapel of Saint Peter, Campos de Jordão, São Paulo, Brazil, 1987 (Photo by Cristiano Mascaro)
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