John Hejduk, The House for the Inhabitant who Refused to Participate

UNFOLDING PAVILION | Rituals of Solitude

In its third edition, the ‘Unfolding Pavilion’ will enter, for the first and last time ever, inside of John Hejduk’s House for the Inhabitant who Refused to Participate: an eccentric solo house that until recently was believed to be a paper project by the American architect, but that in fact was built in the 1980s without his consent, on a small private island in the Venetian lagoon.

On December 17th, 2020, the exhibition ’Unfolding Pavilion’ opened its doors to the public:

[ Unfolding Pavilion Rituals of Solitude ]

curated by Daniel Tudor Munteanu and Davide Tommaso Ferrando

Between August and September 2020, the ‘Unfolding Pavilion’ occupied the twelve rooms of John Hejduk’s House for the Inhabitant who Refused to Participate: inviting twelve international architects and scholars to spend a one week-long residency locked inside of them. Their works, produced in-situ, are dealing with issues of privacy, domesticity and isolation and are characterized by a powerful focus on fiction and storytelling.

The fabulous and incredible story behind the House and the project is well described in the following article written by the two curators of the exhibition, Daniel Tudor Munteanu and Davide Tommaso Ferrando, and appeared in English and Italian in the magazine "domus":

"The Incredible and Sad Tale of a Lonely Contessa and Her Wall House" 


While the digital exhibition gives a preview of the installation, the complete documentation, along with exclusive additional material, will be exhibited in Venezia during the opening days of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale (due on the 22nd of May 2021). 


** Sponsored by: Italien Zentrum - Innsbruck University; Department of Architectural Theory - Innsbruck University; Vice-rectorate for Research - Innsbruck University; Dekanat - Innsbruck University; Faculty of Design and Art - Free University of Bozen-Bolzano


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