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Galeri Polaris Announces Two New Exhibits by Architect Odile Decq at Venice Architecture Biennale

Galeri Polaris Announces Two New Exhibits by Architect Odile Decq at Venice Architecture Biennale
"PHANTOM - OPÉRA GARNIER, OPERA Restaurant," 2008-2011 Paris, France
(©Odile Decq, Galerie Polaris)

Galerie Polaris announced two new exhibits by Odile Decq titled "PHANTOM'S PHANTOM” and "Time-Space-Existence" at Architecture Biennale in Venice.

The Manifesto for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale has been written by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, which invites architects from all over the world to reveal and to lay bare, the “FREESPACE" ingredient embedded in their work. Odile Decq's "PHANTOM'S PHANTOM" installation is centered around Studio Odile Decq's "Phantom" project (Restaurant of the Opera Garnier, Paris, France, 2011). It will have a spatial, physical presence of a scale and quality, which will impact on the visitor, communicating the architecture’s complex spatial nature in relation to “Freespace.”

“Time-Space-Existence" will be displayed at Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon. “Contacted by the Global Art Affairs Foundation to participate in their ‘Time-Space-Existence’ exhibition, Odile Decq will invest a room in a venetian Palazzo to present her new tower project located in Barcelona,” stated Galerie Polaris. "Organized every year by the Global Art Affairs Foundation, the fourth edition of the exhibition ‘Time-Space-Existence’ presents a wide selection of works from architects, photographers, sculptors, and universities from all over the world, in addition to projects realized in cooperation with institutions and museums,” added the gallery.

Using the various means of presentation, Studio Odile Decq will unveil new, unseen facets of its tower project in Barcelona, Spain. These range from conceptual models to a custom-built, sculptural installation. In particular, the tower project would be highlighted in a new light. Along with the exhibition, Odile Decq herself will take part in a special video interview based on the theme of "Time-Space-Existence."

Odile Decq (b. July 18, 1955, Laval, France), is an award-winning French architect, urban planner, and academic and also the founder of the Paris firm, Studio Odile Decq. During the 70s, Decq first entered Rennes and was told by the director that she would never become an architect, because she did not possess the right spirit. After two years at Rennes she moved to Paris, where she enrolled at La Villette (formerly called UP6). She worked for writer Philippe Boudon to finance her education. After graduating in 1978 from Ecole nationale superieure d'architecture de Paris-La Villette, she also taught at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. In 2012, she opened her own school Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, in Lyon, France.