Before, but at a faster rate since Yemen received the official invitation as a national participant, persons and organizations inside and outside Yemen have been contacted. The aim was to secure finance and to explore interest to be part of a group of persons that will discuss and agree upon an idea/concept for the National Pavilion of the Republic of Yemen and a design how to realize a creative and attractive representation of Yemen in the Biennale Architettura 2016 in Venice.
Cooperation with every person and/or organization which was interested to have Yemen sparkle on the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2016, was welcome to join the initiative. Only through a collective responsibility and commitment of a critical mass of persons that know Yemen and are passionate about its unique architecture leads to a creative and challenging participation of Yemen in the International Architecture Exhibition.
Request to Yemeni and International experts with longstanding work experience in Yemeni architectural heritage
First of all experts were invited to express their interest for the curator’s role. Moreover, experts interested to be invited as a guest speaker for a meeting to be organized during the exhibition period in Venice, were welcome to contact us.
Targeted fundraising to enable Yemen to be represented for the first time in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, resulted in a contribution to the Beautiful Yemen project by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Yemen. The amount covered the cost of the hospitality fee of the location of the Yemen Pavilion in the Arsenale. This was the deciding factor to continue! Furthermore, crowd funding was started up.
Other support needed
Not only cash money was needed to realize the arrival of Sana’a in Venice. Also ideas how to design the Yemeni exhibition in Venice were welcome as well as contributions for exhibition materials such as pictures and well-focused informative texts on Yemeni architecture. It goes without saying that a lot of voluntary work was needed for all kind of activities.
First Yemeni participation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, 2016
The Beautiful Yemen team in close cooperation with the Istituto Veneto per I Beni Culturali, succeeded to represent the Ministry of Culture in Yemen for the first time at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice 2016.
We are proud to show you an impression of the National pavilion of Yemen at la Biennale di Venezia. Media attention for the National pavilion of Yemen was generated in Europe, Yemen and New York! You are invited to read the remarks received on the pavilion in English. The reactions received on the pavilion in Arabic from Yemen will be published soon on this website.