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Slide Show de La Montagne de Venise de Yona Friedman, photographie et photogravure :       Jean-Baptiste Decavèle. Tous droits réservés, 2016.


La Montagne de Venise is the third stage of an architectural itinerary by Yona Friedman/Jean-Baptiste Decavèle in Italy, after the Vigne Museum for the Livio Felluga company in Friuli and No Man’s Land in Loreto Aprutino.

Venice will host an architectural action made from a mobile, transformable chestnut wood structure seven metres in height mounted upon a floating jetty reaching various points of the lagoon. The project is interactive, open. On the closing evening there will be artistic, musical and theatrical performances. The itinerary of the Montagne de Venise will be a chance to develop direct participation with the citizenry and its main institutions for an alternative city experience. The language chosen by Friedman is that of fairy tales which gleans from popular imagination and binds the various Italian projects to date.

Venice, with its theatrical, playful and carnivalesque tradition, is in perfect harmony with the project. “Why not build a mountain in Venice?”: the proposal by Yona Friedman brings together irony and the knowledge that only a participatory architectural action can respond the Venetian dynamics. Building a mountain means changing the landscape, modifying the vision one has of a place, and enables a new point of view of what surrounds us.

The Venetian project is part of the programme of events of the serie DELL’IMMATERIALE copromoted by the IUAV University of Venice and the Querini Stampalia Foundation, curated by Chiara Bertola and Renato Bocchi.
From 22rd September to 1st October, in conjunction with the project La Montagne de Venise, a workshop will be held with students selected from the IUAV University of Venice, as well as students from the Venice Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Udine. The seminar will alternate theoretical and practical courses on Friedman’s architectural and urbanistic study and on the specific application planned for the city of Venice. The students will participate in the creation of the Montagne following the experimental modalities of self-building practiced by Yona Friedman.
On 29th September the event will be illustrated by the curators as part of the international convention Re-cycle Italy at the IUAV University of Venice (
The event will also include parallel activities curated by Zerynthia Contemporary Art Association:
NOW – New Operation Wave, having followed the project since its beginnings, will be present throughout the entire duration of the event and will document the experience via sound and video recordings and interviews in order to provide ample coverage on social networks.
On 30th September, in collaboration with Dell ‘Immateriale – a Querini Stampalia and IUAV project – there will be a round table in Como organized by the Ratti Foundation, with the participation of artists, town planners, businessmen and art critics. This event is part of the programme of D/A/C – Shared Artistic Denomination – which considers artistic creativity as a catalyst for productive processes and human relations. The Italian itinerary of Friedman/Decavèle got the hint from a D/A/C round table.
Following on from La Montagne di Venise, coming soon will be another project by Friedman/Decavèle in Sardinia, in collaboration with Decamaster/University of Sassari.


Photographie : étude pour La montagne de Venise. Jean-Baptiste Decavèle avec Yona Friedman.




Yona Friedman with Jean Baptiste Decavèle
La Montagne de Venise
28thSeptember – 1st October 2016
Venice Lagoon
curated by Chiara Bertola and Giuliano Sergio
project realized in collaboration with
the Querini Stampalia Foundation and the IUAV University of Venice
promoted and coordinated by Zerynthia Contemporay Art Association
with the support of Livio Felluga, the Ratti Foundation, EuroprogressGroup …….
We all know how cities are. They can, eventually become different. Y.F

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Photographie issue du film étude pour La montagne de Venise, de Jean-Baptiste Decavèle avec Yona Friedman. 2016.






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Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, 2016.


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