Biennale 2024



appointed by the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture:
Kultur l lx – Arts Council Luxembourg
luca – Luxembourg Center for Architecture


Francelle Cane and Marija Marić


Francelle Cane and Marija Marić in collaboration with Armin Linke and Lev Bratishenko

Workshop participants

Anastasia Kubrak
Jane Mah Hutton,
Amelyn Ng
Bethany Rigby
Fred Scharmen

Advisory board

Marc Angélil (ETH, Zurich)
Giovanna Borasi (CCA, Montréal)
Olaf Grawert (ETH Zurich/b+ Berlin)
Florian Hertweck (University of Luxembourg)
Nikolaus Hirsch (CIVA, Brussels)
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (EPFL, Lausanne)
Markus Miessen (University of Luxembourg)
Dubravka Sekulić (RCA, London)
Bettina Steinbrügge (MUDAM, Luxembourg)

Visual Identity



Armin Linke


Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
LuXembourg - Let’s make it happen


Master in Architecture, University of Luxembourg
Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
Luxembourg Embassy in Berlin
Luxembourg Embassy in Paris
Luxembourg Embassy in Rome

From the development of human settlements on the Moon to the asteroid mining of rare mineral and metals—the wild imaginaries of extraction-driven growth have, quite literally, transcended the boundaries of the Earth.

This displacement of resource exploitation from the exhausted Earth to its ‘invisible’ backstages—celestial bodies, planets, and ultimately, the Moon itself—calls for an urgent debate on the impact this shift will have on our understanding of land, resources and the commons. Down to Earth critically unpacks the project of space mining through the perspective of resources. It starts from the following questions: How does this new iteration of the space race, wrapped in the false promises of endlessly available resources, depart from the existing extractivist logic of capitalism and its destructive environmental and social effects on the ground? How will the ongoing privatisation of space, characterised by a sharp turn towards private companies as main actors in the exploitation of space resources, affect the current status of extraterrestrial bodies as a form of ‘planetary commons’? What are the materialities of space mining—its logistics, technologies, infrastructures and workers—and their relationship to the existing geopolitical power hierarchies? And finally, how are architects to mediate critically the ramifications of these material fictions, rooted in the existing paradigms of growth?

Designed as mock-ups of the Moon’s landscapes, ‘lunar laboratories’ have emerged in recent years as a default feature that many institutions and private companies around the world use as infrastructure for testing different mining technologies. However, within the context of speculative economies of the space mining industry, the role of the lunar laboratories seems to go beyond being merely spaces meant for carrying out scientific experiments, instead appearing also as media studios for the production of imagery of human technologies on the Moon. The exhibition Down to Earth uses the lunar laboratory as a site for unpacking the tech industry’s space exploration narratives. With the space of the Pavilion itself turned into a lunar laboratory, a stage where the performance of extraction takes place, Down to Earth focuses on the unveiling of the backstages of the space mining project, offering another way of seeing the Moon that goes beyond the current optics of the Anthropocene.



Down to Earth” is curated by Francelle Cane and Marija Marić, surrounded by an Advisory Board and a team of contributors in the fields of scenography, content production and publishing.


Conference by Léa-Catherine Szacka, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester

Wednesday 22 March, 06:30 p.m.
"Exhibiting Architecture at the Venice Biennale: History, Politics, and Challenges"
Venue: luca – Luxembourg Center for Architecture

Preview days of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May

Press preview of the Luxembourg Pavilion

Thursday 18 May, 02:00 p.m.

Inauguration of the Luxembourg Pavilion

Thursday 18 May, 04:00 p.m.

Lecture by Francelle Cane and Marija Marić at Kingston University

Wednesday 21 June, 03:00 p.m.

Public lecture by Francelle Cane and Marija Marić

Thursday 21 September at 06:30 p.m.
Venue: luca – Luxembourg Center for Architecture


Press releases

Call for applications for the conception of Luxembourg Pavilion at 18th Venice Architecture Biennale

The "Down to Earth" project by Francelle Cane and Marija Marić

Luxembourg Pavilion welcomes over 102,000 visitors at the 18th Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition

Press kit

Press Release - Down to Earth

HD Visuals

Francelle Cane and Marija Marić

Courtesy of the artist and Vista. Copyright : SnT University of Luxembourg, LunaLab, training robots for space mining, Luxembourg, 2022 © Armin Linke 2022.

Useful Information



Luxembourg Pavilion
Arsenale, Sale d’Armi, 1st Floor
Campo Della Tana 2169F
30122 Venice

Opening hours

The 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia will take place from May 20 till November 26.

Opening hours from 20 May to 30 September: 11 am – 7 pm (last admission 6:45 pm)
Until 30 September (Arsenale venue only): on Fridays and Saturdays extended opening until 8 pm (last admission: 7:45 pm)
Opening hours from 1 October to 26 November: 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Mondays
Extraordinary openings: Monday 22 May, 14 August, 4 September, 16 October, 30 October, 20 November 2023.

Press contacts

Emilie Gouleme

Head of communication

T: +352 621 680 028


Alfonso Cabello

Pickles PR for international inquiries

T: +34 687 394 056