December 22, 2003 - Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art - 14/02 – 18/04/04
December 22, 2003

14/02 – 18/04/04

14/02 - 18/04/04

3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art

The 3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art will take place from February 14th to April 18th, 2004, under the artistic direction of Ute Meta Bauer.

A broadly based international spectrum of visual, urban, cinematic, performative and sonic stagings will be presented at three venues introducing 50 international artists and art projects. The contributions will be exhibited at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin-Mitte, and on the first floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin-Kreuzberg. A film programme edited by film historian Mark Nash will introduce 30 cinematic works shown at the Kino Arsenal at Potsdamer Platz, which is the third venue for this berlin biennial.

The structural changes Berlin has experienced after German reunification and 15 years after the collapse of the Berlin wall, provide the context for the 3rd berlin biennial. Therefore the artistic director has invited cultural producers with close local connections to develop spaces on five specific themes: MIGRATION by Hito Steyerl, URBAN CONDITIONS by Jesko Fezer and Axel Wieder, SONIC SCAPES by The Sonic Team, FASHIONS AND SCENES by Regina Möller and OTHER CINEMAS by Mark Nash. These audio-visual research rooms, which are described as HUBS, will be distributed among the three venues of the 3rd berlin biennial.

A Hub is a term used for the device installed as a connecting point within a computer network, from which data is distributed to the connected individual computers or for large airports that are a central axis for international air traffic. The hub rooms function as a kind of hinge, building up reciprocal and synergetic relationships with the artistic contributions invited by the artistic director. Through their neighbourhood they enable the construction of cross references and rethinking of contexts.

Details and a calendar will be continuously updated on the website

The 3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art

is supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Allianz Kulturstiftung.

3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art

artistic director

ute meta bauer

general management

gabriele horn


kw institute for contemporary art

auguststrasse 69



niederkirchnerstrasse 7


kino arsenal

potsdamer strasse 2



During the opening days and the exhibition period of the 3rd berlin biennial, the hotel Maritim pro Arte offers a special berlin biennial-package, including one overnight stay for one person, an entrance ticket to the exhibition venues KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Martin-Gropius-Bau and an exhibition catalogue.

Further special conditions for accommodation are offered by:

guided tours


exhibition catalogue and catalogue-book “Komplex Berlin”

(German / English)

distributed by

verlag der buchhandlungen walther konig, koln

outside europe

d.a.p. / distributed art publishers, inc., new york

institutional partners

freunde der deutschen kinemathek e.v. / kino arsenal


berlin biennale fur zeitgenossische kunst e.v. in cooperation with kunst-werke berlin e.v.


Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
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