January 16, 2014 - Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art - The Crash Pad and other venues
January 16, 2014

The Crash Pad and other venues

Andreas Angelidakis, Study for Crash Pad, 2013.

8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
29 May–3 August 2014

Andreas Angelidakis: Crash Pad
26 January–3 August 2014
Opening: 25 January, 2–6 pm

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

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The Crash Pad and other venues
Crash Pad by Andreas Angelidakis is the first commissioned work of the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The room installation opens on January 25, 2014, as a preliminary statement of the 8th Berlin Biennale.

With Crash Pad Angelidakis creates a multi-purpose room with a library in the front building of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, drawing upon the idea of the 19th century salon as a setting for cultural and political conversations. The installation reflects the two conflicting systems that modernized Greece in the 19th century: The Europeanized Greek diaspora (educated in Germany, France and England and influenced by the invention of antiquity there) and the peasant guerrilla fighters under general Theodoros Kolokotronis. Crash Pad also refers to the first bankruptcy of modern Greece in 1893, which brought about a predecessor of the International Monetary Fund, put in place by France, England and Germany in order to supervise the debt of Greece.

Crash Pad offers a space for events, discussion and exchange within the 8th Berlin Biennale, as well as a place for contemplation and exchange for the traveling artists arriving at KW: A domesticated ruin and a thank-you note from a Norwegian-Greek architect to the German idea of antiquity.

Besides the Crash Pad and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art takes place at Haus am Waldsee and Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Dahlem Museums – National Museums in Berlin). Thus for its 8th edition, the Berlin Biennale is collaborating with spaces already dedicated to art and to culture, establishing a refreshing cartography of the city, which will take us to parts of town unexplored by previous editions of the Berlin Biennale. 

Both Haus am Waldsee and Museen Dahlem are extremely important landmarks in the city’s cultural composition of the mid- to late 20th century; Museen Dahlem for having hosted the collections of art of West Berlin and now the house of three museums (Ethnologisches Museum, Museum für Asiatische Kunst and Museum Europäischer Kulturen); and Haus am Waldsee for rising to prominence since 1946 as one of the main venues for contemporary art. Since the 1990s, however, there has been a concentration of culture in Berlin-Mitte, a gradual but significant shift in the city’s composition. It is very exciting for us to be able to collaborate with these two essential institutions, and imperative for the Berlin Biennale, in 2014, to show that the city has a broader cartography than usually imagined, if not engaged with.

The Berlin Biennale is organized by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). 

Andreas Angelidakis: Crash Pad is supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and OUTSET. Greece. Courtesy the artist and The Breeder, Athens/Monaco.

The Crash Pad will be located on the first floor of KW’s front house and will remain open until the closing of the 8th Berlin Biennale. Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 2–6pm.

8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

Crash Pad
c/o KW Institute for Contemporary Art, front house
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

Haus am Waldsee
Argentinische Allee 30
14163 Berlin

Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Lansstraße 8
14195 Berlin

Further information:
Henriette Sölter: T +49 30 243459 42 / press [​at​] berlinbiennale.de

 

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