OTTAWA — The National Gallery of Canada Foundation has announced next-step plans for its $3-million restoration of the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy.
The heritage building is located in the Giardini di Castello, the traditional site of the International Art and Architecture Exhibitions of La Biennale di Venezia, said a recent media statement.
The restoration work, suspended during the 57th International Art Exhibition in 2017, has resumed after the closure of Geoffrey Farmer’s installation, A way out of the mirror.
The project, initiated by the gallery in 2014, is being carried out by the Milanese architect Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, son of one of the partners of studio architetti B.B.P.R. (Banfi, Belgiojoso, Peressutti, Rogers), working in co-operation with Venice-based architect Troels Bruun of M+B Studio and Canadian architect Gordon Filewych of onebadant.
Once restored to its original 1957 design with functional upgrades, the Canada Pavilion will be officially unveiled on May 26 at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, marking the 60th anniversary of its inauguration, said the statement.
Canadian landscape architect and Order of Canada recipient Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Bryce Gauthier of Enns Gauthier Landscape Architects are also working in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia and the Venice Superintendent for Architectural Heritage on the redesign and replanting of the landscape surrounding the Canada Pavilion.
The work has been undertaken and financially supported by La Biennale as part of a larger Giardini di Castello renewal project started in 2013. The site now features a new pathway behind the Canada Pavilion and a platform overlooking the Laguna Veneta.