The floating pavilion

pavilion at sea

While we hear that many of the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale are still in prep mode, one country has its proverbial shit together. Croatia’s floating pavilion, La Nave, is making its merry way across the Adriatic Sea before arriving at its temporary home in Venice.

Organized by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia, the pavilion is a collaborative effort between 14 native architects. Constructed on an existing barge (10m x 20m x 3m), the structure is welded together using 30 tons of Q385 wire mesh “in more than 40 layers of varying contours.”

La Nave is docking at Riva dei Sette Martiri in Venice on Saturday, August 28, by 10:00 am. It will be moored there until Sunday the 29th, leaving at 6:30 pm on its way to the Croatian exhibition opening in Arsenale.

Pavilion 1 BY zelimir grzancic

En route.

Pavilion 2 interior by zelimir grzancic


pavilion 4 dock


pavilion 3 docked

The crowds ascend.

pavilion 5 interior


pavilion tugboat


For more Venice Biennale coverage, continue reading here. And for official event info, visit the Biennale online.

All photos by Zelimir Grzancic, courtesy of Ministry of Culture, Republic of Croatia.


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