3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki

3rd Thessaloniki of Contemporary Art / photo from the main programme exhibition venue, Jeni Tzami, with works by artists Moataz Nasr, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Naoko TakaHashi.

December 4, 2011

3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

State Museum of Contemporary Art

With already over 35.000 visitors and very positive and fruitful comments by the art press, the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art runs its final and third month, under the general title “Old Intersections-Make it New”.

Focused on the Mediterranean region, the culture and its people, viewed through a contemporary visual outlook, this year’s Biennale comprises a main and a parallel programme, including exhibitions, an international young artists’ workshop, a performance festival, a symposium, guest events and a variety of artistic events, building up in every part of the city.

Director: Katerina Koskina, SMCA President

Curators: Paolo Colombo, Mahita El Bacha Urieta, Marina Fokidis
Assistant Curators: Domna Gounari, Anna Mykoniati (SMCA)
Architect: Andreas Angelidakis

The programme derives its inspiration from the city, as a metaphor of the powerful multicultural character of its past history. Each and every one of the biennale venues constitutes an episode of the all-embracing narrative. These episodes are inspired both by the former and the current use of these buildings, by the past and contemporary contribution to the social life and political game of the city, and the artists and the works hosted have been chosen within this particular framework.

Venues: Alatza Imaret, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Bey Hamam, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Jeni Tzami, Eptapyrgio, Casa Bianca, Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Teloglion Foundation of Art-AUTh, Dynamo Project Space

Artists: 98 Weeks, Mounira Al Solh, Arab Image Foundation, Archive (Francesca Boenzi, Paolo Caffoni, Chiara Figone, Ignas Petronis), Francis Alÿs, Rasheed Araeen, Athanasios Argianas, Katerina Athanasopoulou, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Manfredi Beninati, Christoph Büchel, Pierpaolo Campanini, Vlassis Caniaris, Spartacus Chetwynd, Cinemathèque de Tanger, Keren Cytter, Christina Dimitriadis, Thomas Dworzak, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh (in collaboration with Arab Image Foundation), e-flux projects (Julieta Aranda & Anton Vidokle), Andreas Embirikos, mounir fatmi, Emmanuel Finkiel, Penelope Georgiou, Yiannoulis Halepas, Steven C.Harvey, IKONOTV, Mahmoud Kaabour, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Ali Kazma, William Kentridge, Alexander Kluge, Panos Koutrouboussis, Nikolaj B.S. Larsen, Solon Lekkas, Sifis Likakis, Katariina Lillqvist, Zeina Maasri, Margherita Manzelli, Irini Miga, Moataz Nasr, Bruce Nauman, Olaf Nicolai, Pavlos Nikolakopoulos, Jockum Nordström, Pantelis Pantelopoulos, Alessandro Pessoli, Michail Pirgelis, Angelo Plessas, PRISM TV (Nikos Katsaounis & Nina Paschalidou), Imran Qureshi, Jean-Marc Rochette, Marwan Sahmarani, Yiorgos Sapountzis, Hrair Sarkissian, Yehudit Sasportas, Alberto Savinio, Tayfun Serttas, Ahlam Shibli, Slavs and Tatars, Socratis Socratous, Christiana Soulou, Naoko TakaHashi, Ryan Trecartin, Kostas Tsioukas, Andreas Vais, Nanos Valaoritis, Kostis Velonis, Pae White, Constantinos Xenakis, archives from “The Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive”.

(venue-organising institution/ date/ project title)
Exhibitions by the 5 Museums Movement of Thessaloniki
• Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki / 18.09. 2011–30.09.2012
“The Jews in Thessaloniki. Indelible marks in space”
• Museum of Byzantine Culture / 14.10.2011–31.01.2012
“Byzantium and the Arabs”
• Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art / 18.09.2011–8.01.2012
“Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists”
“Photography as a means of creating or subverting stereotypes” (venue: National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation) 3.11–4.12.2011
• State Museum of Contemporary Art / 18.09–18.12. 2011
“Selections from the SMCA Costakis collection”
“Jan Fabre. Brain Models and Drawings” (venue: Thessaloniki Concert Hall)
• Teloglion Foundation of Arts – AUTh / November 2011–January 2012
“Pieces and Fragments from Fustat. Islamic Art from Egypt, 8th-14th Benaki Museum collections”

Other projects
• International Young Artists’ Workshop / “Domino”
18.09–7.11. 2011: exhibition
• Thessaloniki Performance Festival
Guest of honour: ORLAN
Special tribute to: Theodoros
• Mediterranean Cultural Parliament
3.12 / Museum of Byzantine Culture

(venue-organising institution/ date/ project title)
• Consulat General de France à Thessalonique-Institut Français de Thessalonique / 28.11–20.12
“Le temps spectaculaire-video and installations by Bill Balaskas”
• Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki / 22.09-15.12
“Reference l Representation” (within the framework of Zone D by Zoumboulakis Galleries)
• State Museum of Contemporary Art / 3.12.2011-5.02.2012
“Literati” (in collaboration with the Stella Art Foundation)
• Thessaloniki Museum of Photography / 18.09–03.11
“Facing Mirrors”

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