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A selection of press reviews 

7-8-2018
El Pais

"It's important to claim the architect as someone who thinks before building. We would have saved large portions of the population from suffering if we had debated the consequences of the architecture we designed, before agreeing to expensive, inaccessible buildings of low spatial and environmental quality."

DOMUS
2-8-2018

“Work, Body, Leisure, brings together multi-faceted voices and gives a major contribution to the debate on the architecture responsibility about the new technologies of work automation – and not just that."

ICON
20-07-2018

"So various and dense is Verzier’s pavilion that it could hold the seeds for numerous future investigations. That it achieves this with such sensory elan is remarkable."

know mag
12-7-2018

"In the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, architectural expert Beatriz Colomina has reconstructed John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Honeymoon Suite, the historic room 902 at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam."

Volkskrant
24-05-2018

"Work, Body, Leisure makes it clear that thinking about Freespace involves more than beautiful buildings and streets."

NRC
30-05-2018

"de ontdekkingstocht is zo verrassend en speels dat je nieuwsgierig blijft – je kunt niet ophouden met deuren opentrekken."

Dezeen
27-05-2018

"Dutch pavilion invites you to explore a Narnia-like locker room"

Metropolis
26-05-2018

The Top 10 National Pavilions (...) "Spatially ambitious and conceptually busy, the pavilion is nonetheless a triumph."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
26-05-2018

"Im holländischen Pavillon, einem der klügsten und provokantesten auf dieser Biennale.." (In the Dutch pavilion, one of the cleverest and most provocative of the Biennale".)

Trouw
26-05-2018

"Toch heeft deze pyjama-actie meer om het lijf dan een publiciteitsstunt." (And yet this pyjama-activity is more than a publicity stunt.")

BBC
25-05-2018

 Venice Architecture Biennale Highlights

The Architect's Journal
23-05-2018

"The sight of so many shy bare feet and pyjamas was disarming and revealing. Great to be in the space of ideas rather than ‘things’."

Archinect
24-05-2018

"The exhibition examines historical and present-day case studies in Rotterdam, as well as utopian and dystopian visions of a society where full automation is the norm."

Elephant
29-05-2018

"eye-popping project (...)  that takes a playfully serious approach to the fluctuating conditions of labour and the pressures placed on the body in the wake of automated technology".

E-flux Architecture
30-05-2018

"This biennale once again revealed a profound disconnect between practicing architects that inherit models of interpretation of the real from older generations and younger architectural practitioners who, confronted with new and rapidly evolving technological paradigms, are exploring new ways of using and producing architectural discourse. Outside of the main exhibition, and even beyond the official program of the Biennale itself, a number of National Pavilions and independent exhibitions signal these efforts."

Architectural Review
01-06-2018

"The Dutch Pavilion demonstrated the benefits of employing experienced curators, who presented a rich selection on the theme of ‘Work, Body, Leisure’ "

Vernissage TV
03-05-2018
Parool
08-06-2018

'Het Nederlandse paviljoen, het beste in jaren, biedt een originele kijk op lichaam en werk'.

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.