Biennale 2018

THE LINE is Liechtenstein’s guest exhibition curated by Luis Hilti and Matilde Igual Capdevila, with Ümit Mesci. It will take place in Venice at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. The Palazzo hosts the Swiss Arts Council’s Collateral Events during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

The Line

The Conquest of Remoteness in Liechtenstein
Opening: Saturday, May 26th 2018, 7pm
Exhibition: May 27th through May 30th 2018, 2 pm to 9 pm
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Venice

THE LINE explores the shrinkage of remote territory in Liechtenstein in relation to corresponding architectural and infrastructural typologies.

Liechtenstein is characterized by a high proximity of urban centres, agriculture and remote alpine areas, resulting mainly from the extreme topography. THE LINE, a cross-section through the country, will be the framework to investigate the shrinking remoteness of FL, from disconnected and fragmented landscapes of the past to highly interlinked spaces of today. The principal method of research – walking, will provide the opportunity to analyse not only the formation of the country since its initial settlement 7000 years ago, but also the relation of topography and architecture.

The results of the project will be delivered through an exhibition at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in Venice opening on 26 May 7pm. The exhibition will be open to the public from 27 May through 30 May 2018.

The exhibition will take place in Liechtenstein, opening on 5 June at Rathausplatz in Vaduz, and will be open to the public from 6 June through 29 June 2018 at the University of Liechtenstein. An accompanying program will soon be announced.

The exhibition is part of a research project conducted together with the students of Studio Venice at the University of Liechtenstein.

A publication of the research will be released in the autumn of 2018




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Liechtenstein in Venice

Liechtenstein first featured at the Biennale Venice in 2014 and since continued to do so in both the Architecture and Art Biennale in Venice. 2018 is the first year in which the participants are chosen by an open call.

Selective Committee of the project

Peter Staub, University of Liechtenstein (Chair)

Dieter Jüngling, University of Liechtenstein
Jeannette Risch, University of Liechtenstein
Janine Köpfli, Government of Liechtenstein
Elisabeth Stöckler, Liechtenstein cultural Foundation
Sandi Paucic, Pro Helvetia

Peter Dehoff, Zumtobel

Location: the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in Venice

The second floor of the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi at Zattere belongs to the Swiss Confederation and houses the offices of the Swiss Consulate. THE LINE is exhibited in the main room of the Palazzo. Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, is close to Campo S. Agnese. The nearest vaporetto stop is Zattere.


Liechtenstein Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture
University of Liechtenstein

THE LINE is curated by Luis Hilti and Matilde Igual Capdevila from the University of Liechtenstein with Ümit Mesci.

Ahmed Elsoudy, Alexander Sokolov, Eddie Sardeng, Enrique Hernández, Hanna  Hajda, Holger Dörner, Jin Yiran, Kateryna Dyma, Martin Mraz, Megan Quirey, Michelle Rheinberger, Nina Beck, Nina Meusburger, Philipp Entner, Rüya Hilal Aydede, Sami Akkach, Sofia Liberali and Tatjana Probst.

Supported by
Liechtenstein Cultural Foundation
Roeckle AG
Hilti group

Thanks to
Bianca Böckle
Christof Frommelt
Anna Hilti
Alkistis Thomidou
Pavle Stamenovic
Sebastian Utzni