PALAZZO TREVISAN, VENICE 21 & 22 NOVEMBER 2022
More information HERE!‘Towards the Green Lion’ was a workshop on the topic of sustainability, organized for and by the National Pavilions of the Venice Biennale. It took place on November 21st and 22nd 2022 in Venice with over 70 attendees. It was hosted by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. It was initiated by the ‘Global Commissioners Group’, an open association of the organizers of the Biennale Pavilions in Venice. The event brought together producers of 20 National Participations of the Biennale along with local specialists, with the aim of seeking answers to the questions of sustainability and ecology for the exhibition planning in Venice. The main goal of this first workshop was to discuss pragmatic approaches and share experiences in order to develop appropriate long-term concepts and structures for sustainable exhibition-making in the context of the Venice Biennale.
The two-day workshop was organized by a group of commissioners of National Participations - the producers of these exhibitions. It stemmed from the desire to discuss problems that all exhibition makers face and to agree on concepts and practical steps, which can be not only put into practice in the future, but also shared with other colleagues in order to implement the projects more sustainably. Attendees included commissioners, curators, and nominated teams, but also local specialists, researchers from Venetian Universities, and associations such as ReBiennale and the NGO We are here Venice.
We would like to thank all the contributors and express the hope, that our get-together was just the beginning of a process that will lead the National Pavilions to a more conscious approach to exhibition-making in Venice, in terms of ecology, local collaborations, sustainability, use of materials, and human resources.
Participating National Pavilions Onsite: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Grenada, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States Participating National Pavilions Online: Canada, Japan, Portugal Participating Guests: Fashion Revolution, Gallery Climate Coalition, IUAV, ReBiennale, Superuse Studios, Università Ca Foscari, We Are Here Venice