Please, accept cookies in order to load the content.

Pavilion of the Netherlands at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia



Curatorial Team

Curator: Marina Otero Verzier

Assistant Curator: Katía Truijen

Curatorial Assistants: Flora Bello Milanez, Malou den Dekker


Amal Alhaag

Beatriz Colomina

Marten Kuijpers and Victor Muñoz Sanz; assisted by Grace Abou Jaoude, Emma Paola Flores Herrera and Chris Zogopoulos.

Simone C. Niquille

Mark Wigley

Extended Program in Partnership with Creative Industries Fund NL

Jane Chew and Matthew Stewart

Northscapes Collective (Taneha K. Bacchin, Hamed Khosravi, and Filippo laFleur)

Noam Toran, with Florentijn Boddendijk and Remco de Jong

Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Patelli and Giulio Squilacciotti

Liam Young


Het Nieuwe Instituut:

Director, General and Artistic: Guus Beumer 

Director, Business & Development: Adriana Strating


Het Nieuwe Instituut 


Exhibition Design

Marina Otero Verzier

Raphael Coutin

Exhibition Design Assistant: Jere Kuzmanić

Graphic Design

Hans Gremmen

Art Direction

Marina Otero Verzier

Guus Beumer


Ellen Smit, Heritage Department, Het Nieuwe Instituut

Project Management

Chris van Bokhorst, de Projectstudio

Lisette Schmetz, de Projectstudio

Linde Dorenbosch


Jurrian Fakkeldij, de Projectstudio

Ilse van Kessel, de Projectstudio

Judith Öfner

Ankie Schellekens

Exhibition Production

Bouwko Landstra


Christiane Bosman

Eveline Mulckhuyse

Web Magazine

Cathy Brickwood



Editor: Marina Otero Verzier

Managing Editor: Nick Axel


Exhibition Photography

Daria Scagliola


Collaborating institutions

Amsterdam Museum

ArtEZ Corporeal interior architecture

CENTRAL Office for Urbanism and Architecture

Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, Preservation

Constant Foundation

Design Trust Hong Kong

Failed Architecture

Flanders Architecture Institute (Flanders Architectural Yearbook)

Foundation for Responsible Robotics

International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam



Rietveld Pavilion Foundation

Serpentine Galleries Work Marathon 2018 (22 September, London)

Spanish and Belgian Pavilions at 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (Open Call Outside the Box)

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft

The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC), Amsterdam

Royal College of Art, School of Architecture

The Swamp Pavilion - Lithuanian representation in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV)

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Creative Industries Fund NL

Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, Italy


Océ – A Canon Company



Special Thanks 

Floris Alkemade, Aslı Çiçek, Claire Cichy, Martijn Coeveld, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Gabriella Fiorentini, Syb Groeneveld, Ester de Groot, Behrang Mousavi, Trudy Nieuwenhuys van der Horst, Kim van der Horst, Tess Jungblut, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Ed van Minnen, Frida Orupabo, André de Raadt Angela Rui, Lara Schrijver, Johannes Schwartz, Willem Schinkel, Bente Spigt, Maarten Tas, Herman Verkerk, Floris Vos, Nelleke de Vries, Madelon Vriesendorp, Francien van Westrenen, Marije Wilkes


Dates and events

26 May – 25 November 2018, Giardini, Venice

Press previews: 24 & 25 May, official opening 26 May

31 March 2018:  Automated Landscapes at Art Basel in Hong Kong

A conversation and film screening exploring the emerging architectures and urbanisms of automated labour in the Pearl River Delta region, and focusing on present-day case studies of automated manufacturing, logistics and supply chain infrastructures With Marina Otero Verzier, Marten Kuijpers, Merve Bedir Aric Chen, Marisa Yiu. Film by Lichun Tseng. Read more on:

26 April 2018: They Invented a New Machine….Thursday Night Live! at Het Nieuwe Instituut

An evening about the technologies and imaginaries of automation, with the teams selected through the Open Call for the Extended Program of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, jointly organized by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL. With Jane Chew, Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin and Filippo laFleur), Marina Otero Verzier, Syb Groeneveld, Paolo Patelli, Matthew Stewart, Giuditta Vendrame and Liam Young. Moderated by sociologist Willem Schinkel.

Open Calls

Extended Program

In Autumn 2017 Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL jointly organized an Open Call to support designers and advance knowledge in the field of architecture before, during and after the 16th Biennale Architettura. Applicants were asked to submit a project proposal reflecting upon and responding to the theme of the Dutch pavilion, as part of its Extended Program.

  • Outside the Box

On the occasion of the 16th Biennale Architettura 2018 and in response to its general theme 'Freespace', the Belgian, Dutch and Spanish pavilions teams launched a joint Open Call in January 2018 fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing and solidarity across borders. The winning entry, 'Europa' by CENTRAL office for architecture and urbanism, will be presented on May 26 during the official opening of the 16th Biennale Architettura 2018.

  • Institute of Patent Infringement

As part of the Extended Program of the Dutch Pavilion of the Biennale Architettura 2018, the Institute of Patent Infringement is launching an Open Call encouraging students, architects, urban planners, designers, artists, programmers and others interested to reimagine, infringe and hack existing Amazon patents. Deadline for submissions is midnight (GMT) 16th April 2018.


Published in conjunction with the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Work, Body, Leisure reflects upon urban developments where automated labor and leisure coalesce, addresses the ways in which evolving notions of labor have categorized and defined bodies at particular moments in time, and discusses the legal, cultural, and technical infrastructures that enable their exploitation. With contributions by Amal Alhaag, AMO, Pier Vittorio Aureli & Maria Shéhérazade Giudici, Jonathan Beller, Beatriz Colomina, Silvia Federici, Ayesha Hameed, Femke Herregraven, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Markus Krajewski, Egbert Alejandro Martina, Francesco Marullo, Victor Muñoz Sanz, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Simone C. Niquille, Henk Ovink, Paul B. Preciado, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Ekim Tan, Nathalie de Vries, Mark Wigley, Annemarie de Wildt, Marina van Zuylen.

Editor: Marina Otero Verzier

Managing Editor: Nick Axel

Graphic Design: Hans Gremmen

Published by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH

English edition, 320 pages, 217 illustrations.

More information

Marina Otero Verzier
Katía Truijen
Amal Alhaag, Beatriz Colomina, Marten Kuijpers, Victor Muñoz Sanz, Simone C. Niquille, Mark Wigley
Jane Chew and Matthew Stewart, Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin and Filippo laFleur), Noam Toran, Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Pattelli, Liam Young.
Raphael Coutin, Marina Otero Verzier
Hans Gremmen
Christiane Bosman, Eveline Mulckhuyse
Simone C. Niquille
Nick Axel
Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Creative Industries Fund NL Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, Italy

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE the 2018 Dutch Pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.