An exhibition celebrating the return of Ireland’s representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 opened in Dublin’s CHQ Building in the Docklands.
The national tour, starting in Dublin is supported by the Arts Council. The national representation features the work of heneghan peng architects, while the exhibition will also feature two other architecture firms that exhibited in the Biennale. Grafton Architects and O'Donnell & Tuomey Architects were invited to participate in the Biennale by the Artistic Director, internationally renowned architect David Chipperfield. The former won the prestigious Silver Lion Award at the Biennale.
This is the first exhibition in the national tour of the Irish representation in Venice which will be shown as part of the Galway Arts Festival in July and at the National Sculpture Centre in Cork in Spetember.
Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said "Supporting an Irish tour of Ireland's representation at the Venice Biennale is critical to the Arts Council's policy of bringing the best of Irish arts to Irish audiences. It is part of our commitment to promote architecture to Irish audiences. The Biennale is the most important international cultural arena in which to platform Ireland's architects and, with this in mind, the Arts Council will continue to ensure that the exhibit returns home for the benefit of communities across the country. We hope that people will go and see this exhibit, whether that is in Dublin, Cork or Galway."
On opening the exhibition Minister Quinn said, "This exhibition is a celebration of the success, nationally and internationally, of the achievements of contemporary Irish architecture. High quality design will be a key element in the delivery of a sustainable future."