The new entrance building for Museum Island, Berlin, the James Simon Galerie, is featured in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara under the title Freespace.
Beyond Purpose shows a drawing by Karl Friedrich Schinkel of the stair hall in the Altes Museum, a public gesture that has been a continuous reference in the design of the James Simon Galerie with its open staircases and colonnades. The installation also incorporates an animated film tracing movement through the James Simon Galerie, a sound installation by Hans Peter Kuhn, and an urban model of Museum Island.
Beyond Purpose is situated in the Central Pavilion at the Giardini. The 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is open from 26 May to 25 November 2018. The James Simon Galerie itself is due for completion at the end of the year.
Image © Christof Piaskowski