Press release

The Yemeni Ministry of Culture, the Beautiful Yemen team and the Istituto Veneto per I Beni Culturali are proud to announce that the Republic of Yemen will be represented for the first time at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The preview for press and professionals will take place on May 26th and 27th , 2016. The 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be open for public from 28 May until 27 November 2016.

The Yemeni participation at the Biennale Architettura 2016 coincides with a difficult period for the country -the country is in war – with dramatic human consequences and the destruction of architectural heritage. The title of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition “REPORTING FROM THE FRONT” is unfortunately directly applicable to the Yemen pavilion. The Ministry of Culture in Yemen hopes that a shared concern for the preservation of heritage will contribute to peace building.

“One must reach Sana’a, no matter how long the journey takes” is a well-known saying used to refer to the stunning image of the old city of Sana’a, the capital of the Republic of Yemen. Michele Lamprakos also mentions in her book Building a world heritage city: “it is difficult to walk through the old city of Sana’a  – and countless other old towns in Yemen – and remain unmoved by the creative vision that produced it”. The Yemeni participation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice offers a fascinating journey through the current state of the unique, sophisticated and impressive architecture realized by master builders.

For many years cordial and close relations exist between the Netherlands and Yemen. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Yemen confirmed this relation again by kindly financing the hospitality fee of the Yemen pavilion in the Artiglierie at the Arsenale in Venice.

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