While some locals might not even be aware of it, the National Art Gallery has been hosting Canadian work through the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy for almost 60 years. After years of wear and tear, and some new funding however, the pavilion is seeing a major restoration to return the heritage building to sublime status.

by Owen Maxwell

The $3-milion restoration will be completed on May 26, 2017 and unveiled at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition.

Architects Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Bryce Gauthier are working with La Biennale Di Venezia on the redesign of the landscape surrounding the pavilion as part of a larger renewal project to the adjacent garden. For 2018 the Canada Pavilion will feature “Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice,” an exhibition that will give insight and context into the project.

Réjean Legault oversaw the curatorial direction of the new exhibition and funding was provided by patron and Founding Secretary of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Reesa Greenberg.