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BIENNALE INTERIEUR 2016

Texture to be the beating heart of Biennale Interior’s city programme.

The 25th Biennale Interieur will take place from 14 until 23 October in Kortrijk, Belgium. Curated by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, the overall theme chosen for the jubilee event will be Silver Lining – Interiors’. Kortrijk Xpo, home to all Interieur biennales since their inception in 1968, will once again be the main venue. Geers and Van Severen who also collaborated on the original redesign of the halls in 2009, are developing a total scenery for the site. They call it ‘urban indoor and outdoor’, a meeting place of design, art and architecture, during the day as well as afterhours.

City Programme 2016

In addition, Biennale Interieur have chosen the Texture site at the North Bridge as the central venue for their city programme. This recently renovated site in Kortrijk lends itself well to offer international as well as local visitors an inspiringand surprising journey.

The site comprises first of all the Texture Museum building itself, a supreme architectural renovation in 2014 by noAarchitecten and a landmark alongside the river Lys.

The site also features the industrial ‘Vlaskaai’ building as well as local bars and restaurants, the new Haven parking, and an interesting public space around and beneath the North Bridge. Finally, there is Sequence n°1 by top photographer Filip Dujardin, a construction displaying various archetypes from Belgian architecture. This variety of spaces and buildings allows for a full and wide-ranging city programme, which will take shape in the coming months. A selection of strong projects will be united on a compact site, building on the success of the previous editions in 2012 and 2014.

First highlights

At Texture, visitors will discover the story of the linen and flax industry, a prime example of craftsmanship and enterprise, of flexibility and daring innovation. Also on display will be the Design Prize of the Province of WestFlanders which will showcase a futuristic installation with the spotlight on textiles.

The Club Design / Design Club project by creative agency Dift is a story of transformation: during the daytime a curated setting that will evolve from day to day, during the night a club like no other. Designregio Kortrijk together with their partners will present W/O16 – We are the next generation, an exhibition of work by a new generation of designers studying at Flemish educational institutions in the fields of architecture, product design and multimedia.

Finally, the programme will feature an Interieur Extra calendar for selected cultural events in the city of Kortrijk, and Voka WestFlanders will support a dedicated programme for students, combining a visit to the Biennale with instructive factory visits highlighting the regional manufacturing industry. The diverse programme of Biennale Interieur’s 25th edition promises a selective, compact and comprehensive Jubilee event.

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