Artists and Projects


Fittja Pavilion in Venice



about the project

What role can an art institution play in our times? What can it become? As a way of launching the New Biennial of Art and Architecture, Botkyrka konsthall presents the Fittja Pavilion in Venice.

Can the Million Programme (the plan to build one million housing units during the years 1965–75 in Sweden) with its modernist grand-scale planning, and its weakly defined public spaces, be reevaluated? Can it even bring about another kind of contemporary art?

On 7 June, the Fittja Pavilion in Serra dei Giardini and in the Cini-Venier Naval Institute opens in conjunction with the 14th International Architecture Exhibition hosted by the Venice Biennale. The curator of the biennale, Rem Koolhaas, has called for a closer look at modernism (1914–2014) in the exhibition entitled Fundamentals. In the Fittja Pavilion participating architects and artists reevaluate the architecture and city planning of the 1960s and 1970s in Sweden.

In the exhibition the research from Fittja is presented in extensive artistic and architectural research projects, inspiring artists, architects and activists from Sweden, South Africa, Great Britain, the United States and Japan to work together. The Fittja Pavilion presents artistic productions and projects that have been preceded by an extensive time of context-specific research and collaborations in Fittja through Residence Botkyrka. A number of the works in the pavilion will become permanent public art works and public interventions in Fittja through the New Biennial for Art and Architecture in Botkyrka that will open in September.

Many of the participants of the Fittja Pavilion have been inspired by the philosopher and farmer Masanobu Fukuoka in their thinking about how a new arts institution can be built through the element of chance and unexpected encounters.

On 13 September, Botkyrka konsthall inaugurates the New Biennial of Art and Architecture in Botkyrka. It is a way of researching how a new kind of art institution can grow from the specific qualities of northern Botkyrka, the modernist housing complexes that make up part of the southern suburbs of the greater Stockholm area.

Curator: Joanna Sandell

Invitation, The Fittja Pavilion, 2014. Photo: Toward an Institution by Tor Lindstrand


Botkyrka konsthall presents the Fittja Pavilion during the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale
7 June – 7 September, 2014
Serra dei Giardini and Cini-Venier Naval Institute

Participating artists and architects: Johanna Billing (Sweden), DK-CM (Storbritannien), Derek Gripper (Sydafrika) + Lindy Roy (Sydafrika/USA), Mako Ishizuka (Japan/Sweden), Junior Residence (Sweden), Kultivator (Sweden) + Stu Wright (Sydafrika), Tor Lindstrand + studenter från KTH Arkitekturskolan (Sweden) , Elena Mazzi (Italien), Lorenzo Nassimbeni (Sydafrika), OPENrestaurant (USA) + Ayhan Aydin (Sweden), Jelena Rundqvist + Aron Kullander Östlind (Sweden), Pia Sandström (Sweden), Spridd (Sweden), James Webb (Sydafrika), Karl-Jonas Winqvist (Sweden)

Botkyrka konsthall: Joanna Sandell (curator), Anneli Bäckman (producer), Kerstin Gezelius & Saadia Hussain (art educators), Anna Jönsson (assistant), Maria Kotlyachkova (intern)


collaborations and support

Paolo Rosso (Microclima Project), Venice, Nordic Pavilion through the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, KTH School of Architecture, Serra dei Giardini, Cini-Venier Naval Institute, Martin Rørtoft (Second Eyes), Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Isomorph Production, Società di Mutuo Soccorso – Carpentieri e Calafati, Verlato + Zordan architetti associati, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Ongaro e Fuga, Botkyrkabyggen, IASPIS, Kulturrådet, Kulturbryggan