The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller - Infinite places by Encore Heureux - International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy

Collectif Encore Heureux
Infinite places at the International Architecture Biennale
Venice, Italy
26 May - 25 November 2018


Infinite places: a workshop for transdisciplinarity at the Venice Architecture Biennale
With Infinite places, Nicola Delon, Julien Choppin and Sébastien Eymard, members of the collective Encore Heureux aspire to reduce “the gap between architecture and civil society”. Their exhibition, to be presented in the French Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale, will offer a different perspective on ten buildings in France that succeed in hosting the unexpected and rely on collective energy through public appropriation.
The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller is the project sponsor. It is opening up new horizons by bringing its expertise to the programme of conferences, screenings and workshops that will animate the French Pavilion. Deeply convinced that hybridisation between disciplines makes it possible to pool and optimise the knowledge required for the construction of the city of tomorrow, the promoters of the project will develop this theme during the six months of the Architecture Biennale.
Part of the programming will be the result of close collaboration between the collective Encore Heureux and the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller. Fully committed to breaking down the barriers between practices and innovation in the arts and crafts, the Foundation will enrich the discussions by combining the various creative trades (craft workers, architects, artists and designers) with the “material” as the common base.

The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller commits to promoting French craft skills in Venice
The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, a philanthropic organisation active for nearly 20 years in the arts and crafts, has reaffirmed its commitment to their international impact.
It is helping break down barriers between creative practices, fostering innovation in the arts and crafts and a dialogue between craft skills and architecture by supporting and participating in two major events in Venice:
- Infinite places, presented by the collective “Encore Heureux” for the French Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Biennale to be held in Venice from 26 May to 25 November 2018.
The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, project partner, supports the programme of conferences, screenings and workshops that will enliven the Pavilion during the event.
- Homo Faber : Crafting a More Human Future, the first major international exhibition devoted to the promotion of European craft skills organised by the Michelangelo Foundation at the Giorgio Cini Foundation from 14 to 30 September 2018 .
For the occasion, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller has produced a manifesto exhibition, Pour l’intelligence de la main, bringing together a selection of laureates in a unique contemporary scenography, as a tribute to the twenty years of the Prize of the same name.

Photo : Infinite places at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice © S.Scher