Irish architects heneghan peng ‐ have been selected to represent Ireland at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition as part of la Biennale di Venezia this Summer, it was announced by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Dublin‐based heneghan peng are currently working in three continents and are the architects responsible for the new Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, a bridge at the London Olympics and the new Museum at the Pyramids in Egypt.
The exhibition in Venice, titled ‘SHIFTING GROUND – Beyond National Architecture’ is one of 55 national pavilions and presents Ireland at one of the most important architectural showcases in the world. At the heart of the exhibit, led for Ireland by Commissioner, Elizabeth Francis with Curator, John McLaughlin, is the idea that contemporary Irish architecture has a global identity, is involved in transnational collaborations and a reputation for world‐class work.
Speaking at the launch Mr. Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said: “Ireland is one of the most globalised countries in the world and heneghan peng embodies that in the architectural arena. As an Irish‐based practice currently working across four continents on a wide range of competition‐winning projects, Heneghan Peng epitomizes the impact that Irish architects can make in the world. it is hoped that the Venice Biennale will assist in increased recognition and further success for Irish architecture worldwide.”
The 13th International Architecture Exhibition ‐ la Biennale di Venezia opens to the public on 29 August 2012 and continues until 25 November 2012.
L-R Roisin Heneghan, Elizabeth Francis, John McLaughlin.
IRELAND AT VENICE 2012
Commissioner ELIZABETH FRANCIS
Curator: JOHN MCLAUGHLIN
Participants: HENEGHAN PENG ARCHITECTS
Venue: Artiglierie building of the ARSENALE
Dates: Inauguration Monday August 27th 2012 at 5.30pm
Press Preview: 27th – 28th August 2012
Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with The Arts Council of Ireland. Supported by Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and RIAI, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland with Arup and Durlum.