Czech and Slovak Pavilion in Venice

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Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–6 pm

Giardini di Castello, Benátky, Itálie, 30122

The Czechoslovak Pavilion, which has been preserved virtually intact, was completed and festivaly opened at the 15th Venice Biennale in 1926. The building occupied a prominent locationon on one of the two main streets of the Giardini Park, adjacent to the pavilions of France (1912), Great Britain (1909) and Germany (1909).

The pavilion is a structure of a simple rectangular layout, with a single central exhibition hall, with two adjoining small rooms next to the entrance used as service rooms for the exhibition. The main source of light is a large skylight, suspended under which is a light-diffusing velarium. The sole decorative feature (apart from the simple pilasters on the lateral façades) is the front façade that currently features a monumental red marble portico, set into which is a copper-plated portal with Rondo-Cubist decoration, and all is surmounted by a simple plastic inscription reading “Cecoslovacchia”.

The pavilion was designed by Otakar Novotný (1880–1859), who is regarded as the founder of modern Czech architecture.

Source: WOLF, Veronika, ed. Česko-slovenský pavilon v Benátkách: Pavilion of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in Venice. V Praze: Národní galerie, 2013. ISBN 978-80-7035-530-5.

Czech Republic will be represented by Stanislav Kolíbal at the 58th International Biennale in Venice 



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