American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner is known for his language-based sculpture and work exploring the relationship between art, artist, and viewer. In this new short film from the Time-Space-Existence series, he discusses the relationship between people and material objects, language as a gesture, and making art accessible to the public.

 Produced by PLANE—SITE, the film has been commissioned by the GAA Foundation and funded by the ECC in the run-up to the Time-Space-Existence exhibition during La Biennale di Venezia Architettura(opening May 2018).

 The Time-Space-Existence series has already featured both prominent and emerging architects including Richard Meier, Fumihiko Maki, Arata Isozaki, Denise Scott-Brown, Peter Eisenman, Tatiana Bilbao, and others. The series will be exhibited in Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora, and distributed digitally to the media and press. At least one video will be released each month in the run-up to the opening of the exhibition.

Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1942, Lawrence Weiner is one of the foremost conceptual artists of the 1960s. Known for his striking typography outlined in black, his work applied art-as-language to the built environment, from walls to the ground underfoot.

Weiner has many decades of solo exhibitions behind him, and recent exhibitions have taken place at London’s Tate, LA’s MOCA, Berlin’s Guggenheim and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. This interview series has been made possible with the support of the European Cultural Centre.

About the GAA Foundation 

The GAA Foundationis a Dutch non-profit organization aiming to increase awareness of the theory and philosophies that shape contemporary art, architecture, and culture. Through exhibitions, symposia, books and more, the GAA Foundation makes ideas accessible to an international audience. In this spirit, all exhibitions and events are free of charge.

About the European Cultural Centre

The European Cultural Centre (ECC) is an organization fostering research, design and interdisciplinary encounters. It encourages artistic and creative activities and facilitates processes of exchange at all levels: visual art, dance, theatre, music, literature and architecture. The ECC is based at Palazzo Mora in the historical center of Venice.


 PLANE—SITE is a global agency working at the interface of urban form, cultural space, and social life. We believe that sharing compelling stories about the built environment can inspire communities to innovate and progress. Cutting through the noise with original multimedia content and meaningful narratives, we help our clients to become their own intellectual agents.