March 2, 2010 - Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art - At KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Alte Nationalgalerie and other venues
March 2, 2010

At KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Alte Nationalgalerie and other venues

At KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Alte Nationalgalerie and other venues

Do you believe in reality? What a question, you’ll reply. Reality isn’t something you believe in. It proverbially catches up with you anyway, always. But then what are we talking about here? Maybe we could talk about the fact that you so often hear people saying something was different ‘in reality’? Or about why it has become so customary to add a ‘really’ or an ‘actually’ or an ‘in fact’ to so many of the things we say? Let’s talk about the cracks in reality, about the gap between the world we talk about and the world that’s really there. But why this distinction? Because reality is always the other? Or the others? Everything that’s waiting out there?

Let’s talk about the self-deceptions where reality becomes too painful. Let’s talk about the fictional arsenal of the mass media and consumerism, about the rhetoric of distraction and appeasement.

Won’t that ultimately lead us to question contemporary art, and its relationship to reality?

From June 11 to August 8, 2010, at several locations in Berlin, the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will bring together numerous artistic positions on the present. Michael Schmidt’s photographic works are the first artistic contribution to the biennial and will accompany it in the public realm and the media throughout its duration.

The biennial will be contextualized by an exhibition with works by Adolph Menzel (1815–1905), curated – at the invitation of Kathrin Rhomberg – by the American art historian Michael Fried in cooperation with the Alte Nationalgalerie/Old National Gallery and the Kupferstichkabinett/Museum of Prints and Drawings of the National Museums in Berlin.

6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
11.6.–8.8.2010

Curated by Kathrin Rhomberg

Dates
Press conference: 9.6.2010, 11 am
Press preview: 9.6.2010, 11 am–10 pm
Professional preview: 10.6.2010, 9 am–5 pm
Opening: 10.6.2010, 7 pm

Venues
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr. 69, D-10117 Berlin
Oranienplatz 17, D-10999 Berlin
Alte Nationalgalerie/Old National Gallery, Bodestr. 1-3, D-10178 Berlin
and other venues

Accreditation
Accreditation on www.berlinbiennale.de/accreditation is required until 7.5.2010.
Accreditation is obligatory for the press conference and the press preview as well as for the professional preview.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Auguststr. 69
D-10117 Berlin

www.kw-berlin.de

www.berlinbiennale.de

Further information:
Denhart v. Harling . T +49. 30. 243459. 42 . press [​at​] berlinbiennale.de

Berlin Biennale

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