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2013 Venice Biennale Named After Skyscraper

Marino Auriti stands beside a model of the ‘Encyclopedic Palace of the World’, c.1950s

Venice Biennale curator Massimiliano Gioni has named next year’s event after a 136 story skyscraper that was never built.  The futuristic tower – intended to sit on top of Washington D.C.’s national mall – was the brain child of Italian American artist and wannabe architect, Marino Auriti.  Auriti developed the “Encyclopedic Palace of the World” in the 1950s while working as an automechanic and spent 3 years making a 1:200 scale model of the structure (pictured).  For Gioni, “It’s the crazy dream, bordering between knowledge and madness, image and imagination” that made Auriti’s skyscraper such a potent symbol.