Dirk Somers curates Belgian contribution on the Venice biennial 2021


This year the Belgian pavilion on the Venice biennial is curated by Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw Architectuur), who is an associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Engineering.

The exhibition is conceived as a compilation of architectural interventions in the Flemish environment. Fifty large models of architectural projects of the last twenty years in Flanders are arranged at table height. The model landscape functions as a capriccio and presents a dreamed reality of existing fragments. This way, the exhibition shows a sample of sharp-witted architectural answers to the fragmented reality of the build environment.

Various architectural practices of both current members of the department, such as 360 Architecten, murmuur architecten, BLAF architecten en Dhooghe & Meganck Architectuur, as well as former members are represented. Malgorzata Maria Olchowska accounted for the exceptional models. Prof. Maarten Van Den Driessche co-edited the accompanying publication. He also authored an introductory essay, and the project descriptions were written by Louis De Mey.

Apart from the Belgian contribution, Ester Goris was part of the design team for the pavilion of Luxemburg.