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march 17, 2023 - Biennale di Venezia

The Laboratory of the Future

"An architecture exhibition is both a moment and a process. It borrows its structure and format from art exhibitions, but it differs from art in critical ways which often go unnoticed. Aside from the desire to tell a story, questions of production, resources and representation are central to the way an architecture exhibition comes into the world, yet are rarely acknowledged or discussed. From the outset, it was clear that the essential gesture of The Laboratory of the Future would be change”.
These are a few words chosen by the Curator, architect, academic, and novelist Lesley Lokko to introduce the 18th International Architecture Exhibition titled The Laboratory of the Future. The Exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 26 November 2023 in the Giardini, Arsenale and Forte Marghera exhibition venues.
An exhibition in six parts, it includes 89 Participants, over half of whom are from Africa or the African Diaspora. The gender balance is 50/50 and the average age of all Participants is 43, dropping to 37 in the Curator’s Special Projects, where the youngest is 24.
The Laboratory of the Future programme will be enriched by Carnivala six-month cycle of events, lectures, panel discussions, films, and performances, that explores the themes of the Biennale Architettura 2023.
As a closing remark while presenting the Exhibition, Lesley Lokko pointed out that “Central to all the projects is the primacy and potency of one tool: the imagination. It is impossible to build a better world if one cannot first imagine it”.


63 National Participations will organise their exhibitions in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini (27), at the Arsenale (22), and in the city centre of Venice (14). Niger participates for the first time at the Biennale Architettura; Panama participates for the first time with its own pavilion and has already participated in previous editions as part of the I.I.L.A. (Italo-Latin American International Organization).
The Holy See returns to the Biennale Architettura, participating with its own Pavilion on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore (it participated in the Biennale Architettura for the first time in 2018).
The Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale, sponsored and promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, is curated by the Fosbury Architecture collective, consisting of Giacomo Ardesio, Alessandro Bonizzoni, Nicola Campri, Veronica Caprino, and Claudia Mainardi. The title of the exhibition is SPAZIALE: Everyone Belongs to Everyone Else.
9 Collateral Events are admitted by the Curator and promoted by non–profit national and international bodies and institutions. They will be organised in several locations around the city of Venice.


Early bird tickets for the 18th International Architecture Exhibition The Laboratory of the Future are available for online sale. The following three ticket types may be purchased until 30 March:
- Early bird 3-day ticket: Full price € 30 instead of € 35 (valid for 3 consecutive days in both main venues after first entrance).
- Early bird ticket: Full price € 20 instead of € 25; Students and/or under 26 € 10 instead of € 16 (valid for 1 entrance to Giardini and 1 to Arsenale, also on different days).
- Early bird accreditation: Full price € 60 instead of € 75; Students and/or under 26 € 30 instead of € 45 (valid for multiple admissions until 26 November).
Presale fee for all tickets: € 0.50.
After 30 March, early bird prices expire and all ticket types will be available at full price.


To mark the upcoming season of the exhibitions and Festivals schduled in 2023, La #biennaledivenezia is reissuing its Biennale Card.
Dedicated to professionals and art lovers, the Biennale Card will enable holders to take advantage of a series of benefits covering all of the Biennale’s activities. The Card is available in 5 different types: Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Young Adult.
The revenue from the sale of the Biennale Card 2023 will be used to support the activities of La Biennale’s Historical Archive. In this way, all Card holders will greatly contribute to the activities of the Archive that collects a valuable heritage consisting of works, documents and images.
A part of the revenue will be allocated to the Carbon Neutrality project undertaken by La Biennale in 2021.