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Title: Monolith Controversies
Authors: Edited by Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9783775738279
Language: English

Monolith Controversies is the catalogue of the Chilean contribution to the 2014 Venice Biennale.
It documents a milestone of modern architecture: an original concrete panel produced for prefab housing, donated to Chile in 1971 by the Soviet Union to support president Salvador Allende’s Democratic Road to Socialism.
This panel has since been the subject of several polit­ical and ideological controversies. Allende himself signed the wet concrete, only for his gesture to be later covered over by Augusto Pinochet, who hid it be neath a representation of the Virgin and Child framed by two colonial lamp fixtures.
Chile received the Silver Lion for a National Participation for Monolith Controversies. The jury said “Focusing on one essential element of modern architecture – a prefabricated concrete wall- it critically highlights the role of elements of architecture in different ideological and political contexts.”

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Related: Pavilion of Chile's web site

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