Luxembourg is taking part in the Biennale of Architecture in Venice for the sixth time, the Foundation of Architecture / LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture is in charge of the staging and coordination of the exhibition of the Luxembourg stand. For the 2014 occasion, a call for projects aiming to create an exhibition in response to the general theme of the event chosen by Rem Koolhaas : « Fundamentals ».
Since its friendly takeover of the district’s great landmark building in 2006, the Foundation for Architecture and Engineering has breathed new life into the old Hollerich steelworks site and become the most important player in the field of Baukultur in Luxembourg. Since its institution in 1992, the non-governmental, not-for-profit organization has made quality of the built environment a defining value of contemporary society.
Acting as a platform for exchange and meeting for a wide public, from the curious amateur or involved citizen to the political game-changer or professional stakeholder, the Foundation organises a broad cultural programme
responding to the diverse nature of its public: series of conferences and debates, temporary exhibitions, guided tours, educational workshops, the Luxembourg Architecture Award, the pavilion for the Venice Architecture
Biennale etc. Its series of publications, its library of architecture exceeding 5800 old and new works and its archives allow the public to use complementary research and documentary tools.
The foundation’s professional team is supported by many volunteers, involved at different levels of its structure. The collegiality and multidisciplinarity to be found within its bodies and teams make up the originality of this cultural institution. They allow to follow and to debate the latest developments in and questions of the architectural output of Luxembourg and the world, taking a variety of new perspectives into account. Its reputation, its openness towards other stakeholders in culture and society and its expertise make the Foundation for Architecture and Engineering a partner that is highly sought after for national and international joint efforts.
Andrea Rumpf, director
Iyoshi Kreutz, admnistrative assistant
Thomas Miller, program assistant
A call for projects aiming to create an exhibition in response to the general theme of the event chosen by Rem Koolhaas : « Fundamentals » was launched by the Foundation. An international expert commitee was then created.
Members of the expert committee:
Architect, professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Nancy (F) researcher at the Laboratoire d’Histoire de l’Architecture Contemporain
Gabriele Diana Grawe
Art historian, curator at the « Villa Vauban » Museum (L)
Architect, vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Architecture and Engineering (L)
Artist, representation of Luxembourg at the Art Biennale in Venice 2007 (L)
Art historian and cultural manager, director of the Foundation of Architecture and Engineering (L)
Architect, President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Architecture and Engineering (L)