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five things you can’t miss at the 2018 venice biennale

The Venice Biennale is in full swing, and with so much to do in the city, it’s near-impossible to take it all in. So, after a few weeks soaking it all up, here is House and Leisure’s guide to everything you have to see in the floating city this year.

1. the scandinavian pavilion

at the 2018 #venicebiennale, the nordic pavilion presents ‘another generosity’ – an exhibition that explores the relationship between nature and the built environment. curated by eero lundén and juulia kauste, the exhibit considers a structure that consists of a membrane holding two basic elements: air and water. the inflated elements respond to external and sometimes unseen stimuli, creating a new kind of experience. . . #biennalearchitettura2018 coverage partnership #designboom + #edisonitalia @edisonitalia @labiennale . images taken with @huaweimobile #HuaweiP20 #HuaweiP20Pro #anothergenerosity #nordicpavilion @lundenarchitecture @mfa_arkkitehtuurimuseo @nasjonalmuseet @arkdesc @burohappoldengineering @aaltouniversity #labiennaledivenezia #biennaleBOOM

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Experience the mind-blowing ‘living architecture’ at the Nordic pavilion in the Giardini. The pods take in the environment and adjust lighting, and climatic conditions to create the perfect space for human occupation. Excellent stuff.

2. the bahrain pavilion

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Extraordinary peace and quiet overcomes you in the utterly empty Bahrain Pavilion, located in the Arsenale. It’s the perfect space to connect with the spiritual essence of the Arabian island, and escape the madding crowds.

3. peter rich in the freespace hall

The whole of the Freespace exhibition at the Arsenale is truly one of the best the Biennale has ever seen, a masterful contribution by this year’s curators Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects. Every South African in attendance needs to stop by at the Peter Rich ‘Landscape Architecture | Architecture Landscape’ exhibit, which will open your eyes to this veteran of the local design scene.

4. daniel libeskind’s amazing sculpture

Polish architectural legend Daniel Libeskind unveiled his monumental tower at the Time-Space-Existence exhibition. It overlooks a bustling part of the canal, so it's worth it even just for the view.

5. ai weiWei’s gilded cage

Located at the beautiful Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti is the glimmering 'Gilded Cage' sculpture by conceptual artist Ai WeiWei – a subtle, but incisive cut through the hoopla of the Biennale’s parties and pomp.