The US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is a Palladian-style structure built in 1930 by the then well-known architects William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich.
Within the Castello Gardens that house all the national pavilions of the Venice Biennale, the US Pavilion enjoys a prominent position.
In 1986, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation purchased the US Pavilion from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, with funds provided by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board. Since 1986 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection has worked with the United States Information Agency (USIA), the Fund for Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, and then the Bureau for Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State in the organization of the visual arts exhibitions at the US Pavilion. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation organized comparable shows at the Architecture Biennales until 2002, when the US Pavilion was promoted for the first time by the US Department of State.
17th International Exhibition of Architecture
University of Illinois at Chicago in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Commissioner and Curator:
Paul Andersen, Paul Preissner