European Cultural Centre
The European Cultural Centre (ECC) is an international institution with various locations around the world, including ECC Italy in Venice. Founded in 2002, the ECC was born with the aim to create an open platform for artists, architects, designers and universities from all over the world. Every year exhibitors are invited to present works and projects carried out through a wide range of media, creating a dynamic exhibition space which showcases an exchange of ideas and thoughts from different cultures.
Every other year, ECC Italy organizes biennial exhibitions of contemporary art PERSONAL STRUCTURES and architecture TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, in its venetian locations of Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo and Giardini della Marinaressa. The European Cultural Centre offers educational programs held by the European Cultural Academy (ECA) and organizes annual awards granted to an artist, architect, designer or university who presented a particularly significant work.
In addition to exhibition catalogues, the ECC produces publications dedicated to special projects of contemporary art and architecture, together with the videos series titled SPACE TIME EXISTENCE which collects interviews with leading figures in contemporary architecture, such as Ricardo Bofill, Balkrishna Doshi, Odile Decq, Toshiko Mori, Bjarke Ingels, Tatiana Bilbao and many others.
Every year, projects dedicated to topical issues, innovative and in some cases utopian proposals of artistic and architectural expression are displayed in the ECC venues; a selection of projects ranging from conceptual representations, models, photographs, videos, sculptures, and site specific installations. The European Cultural Centre aims to stimulate an exchange of ideas and projects between architects, designers, artists, photographers, universities, established professionals, and emerging studios; a diverse group of participants engaged in different disciplines, who together can play a crucial role in shaping the future of our lives and habits.