David Chipperfield, Venice Biennale for Architecture

Kuwait to participate in 13th Venice Biennale for Architecture

Kuwait will, for the first time, take part in the 13th Venice Biennale for Architecture, curated by British architect David Chipperfield, said the organisers in a statement.

The Middle Eastern country will be represented by the National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) with its curator Zahra Ali Baba and deputy curators Deema Alghunaim, Abdulatif Almishari and Ricardo Camacho.

Kuwait joins four other countries that will be at the event for the first time: Angola, Kosovo, Peru and Turkey.

Celebrities and new architects from 55 countries will be taking part in the 13th Venice Biennale for architecture, with 58 projects, designed by 103 architects, photographers and artists, hosted in the Arsenale historic shipyards and the nearby Giardini parks, as well as in other spots dotted around the city.

“The central theme of the 2012 Biennale is what we have in common,” said Chipperfield, who will be the first British architect to curate the show.

Among the world-famous architects on show will be British-Iraqi Zaha Hadid, Manchester-born Norman Foster, Swiss designers Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Kazuyo Sejima from Japan.

The Biennale will run from August 29 to November 25, 2012.  The architecture section of the Venice Biennale was officially established in 1980.