Revive the Spirit of Mosul at 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

UNESCO, together with the Government of Iraq and the Ministry of Culture and Youth of United Arab Emirates, will present “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” exhibition, a collateral event at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is reflecting on the theme of this year’s Biennale, “How will we live together?”, curated by Hashim Sarkis, by presenting the experience of millennial peaceful co-existence of the City of Mosul.

This exhibition casts light on the resilience of diverse communities in the face of traumatic events. It unwinds chronologically, against the backdrop of a curtain, narrating the different histories of Mosul, from the recent past to projections for the years to come, through four Rooms: the destruction, the liberation, the actions taken by UNESCO; the future, the reconstruction of Al-Nouri Mosque complex.

The exhibition is curated and designed by design firm 2050+ and produced and installed by ALTOFRAGILE.

One of the latest achievements of the “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” initiative showcased at the exhibition is the result of the architectural competition for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Al Nouri Complex in Mosul.  The winning design and runner-ups were announced on 15 April at the National Museum in Baghdad.

"The reconstruction of the Al-Nouri Mosque complex, a historical site that is part of Mosul’s fabric and history, will be a landmark in the process of advancing the war-torn city’s reconciliation and social cohesion,”
Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.

The exhibition will be open from 22 May to 21 November 2021.

Opening hours (May-July): Wednesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm (August-November): Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Venue: UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Palazzo Zorzi) – Castello 4930, Venice.

Please note that in order to visit the exhibition, it is necessary to send an email to the exhibition address with a mention of the visiting time.


Exhibition Coordinator: Lodovico Folin-Calabi

Content Curator: Sara Noshadi

Stay tuned with daily activities of UNESCO’s flagship initiative “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” and follow the progress of UNESCO action in Mosul on #ReviveTheSpiritOfMosul