This last edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, aimed at the fundamental elements of architecture and directed by Rem Koolhaas, in the venue of the Arsenale  dedicates a large space to a comprehensive narration of Italy with a project entitled “Monditalia”. Energetically curated by AMO, a unity within the Office for Metropolitan Architecture studio, this section ambitiously aims to involve in its spaces not only the recurrent “fundamentals” that are the main protagonist of the exhibition, but also the various departments of the Biennale, such as Dance and Theatre so to present the theme under different point of views: the space of the Corderie has thus become the ideal set where the sequence of images, from the research projects presented in the 41 installations to the great Tabula Peutingeriana, through the series of screens incessantly showing clips from 82 films based on the “monditalia” themes, deliver a practice and technique in the OMA’s signature style.
Such architecture-heavy sequences, interrupted by the vast temporary stages punctuating the entire exhibition path, represent a comprehensive portrait of Italy, fragmented and complex, dejected, nostalgic, unique in some cases, while in others, symbol of common phenomena.

Anna Livia Friel