M+M | Mari Lending and Erik Langdalen: The Nordic Pavilion in Venice: An Intra-Canonical Outlook
Mari Lending, Erik Langdalen, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
April 6, 2021 · 5:00 pm—7:00 pm EDT · Zoom
M+M Program in Media and Modernity
Interlocutor: Adrian Forty, University College London
Sverre Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion in Venice is a masterpiece of postwar architecture. The young Norwegian architect won the competition for its design in 1958 and the building was inaugurated in 1962. Through six decades, the beloved structure has been mired in phenomenology, poetry, and the personal memory of the select. Looking at the archives, a very different story emerges. In minute detail, this book presents the history of the origins and making of the Nordic Pavilion; spanning from the geopolitical context in an increasingly tense Cold War atmosphere, to the aggregates in the concrete of the audacious roof construction, to the iconic trees, many of which had already died before the second exhibition in 1964.