Rem Koolhaas


This project, at the Prada Foundation, in Venice, is in fact an exercise in double occupancy: in the same way that the spaces of the Bern Kunsthalle were occupied by a generation of young revolutionary artists, in 1969—on the occasion of the legendary show "Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form"—the baroque spaces of Ca' Corner della Regina are in turn being invaded by the Kunthalle's 20th-century rooms. The result is a literal and radical superposition of spaces that produces new and unexpected relationships: between the two architectures, between the artowrks and Ca' Corner's baroque architecture. Through the radical "recontextualization," the literalness of the reconstruction is transformed into a more challenging experience.