May 18, 2016 - International Biennial Association - 3rd General Assembly of the International Biennial Association
May 18, 2016

International Biennial Association

Triennale of Milan. Photo: Gianluca Di Ioia.

3rd General Assembly of the International Biennial Association
May 30–June 2, 2016

Triennale Milano
Viale Alemagna, 6
20121 Milan
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The International Biennial Association (IBA) is pleased to announce its 3rd General Assembly will be held in Milan, Italy, from May 30–June 2, 2016. The four day event will focus on biennial discourses, with the main theme of culture in the 21st century, under the title “Culture Beyond the Wars. The Wars Shall Not Destroy Culture.” A public program will be featured on June 1, with keynote speakers specializing in the humanities, curatorial work, biennial making and more. Attendees will include artists, curators, writers, directors and scholars, all of whom share a deep interest and understanding of biennial and triennial contemporary art exhibitions.

The event’s theme, as outlined by the Triennale of Milan, notes that the 21st century is the century of biennials and triennials around the world. Every major city in every country has organized and dedicated a biennial to contemporary art, visual art, design, photography, architecture, cinema and performing arts, with the rationale of connecting culture to current times by also connecting it to history and traditions.

Biennials and triennials help cities and countries to develop as they influence their locations, or are influenced by their locations. In times of international conflict, perennial contemporary art events can function as a way to avoid devastation of cultural heritage and safeguard cultural goods. Therefore, IBA’s 3rd General Assembly will have a relevant communicative impact, opening the discussion to the event’s attendees as well as society.

The IBA Members Program will include the members-only assembly, during which various issues will be deliberated and voted upon, as well as four informal Working Committee meetings. Though research, policy and finance are in the beginning stages and discussions will center on the sharing of ideas and exchange of knowledge, the Programming Committee will continue discussions on projects already in development. These projects include the first annual publication and a staff exchange program.

Monday, May 30

2pm—Fifth Board Meeting, Moderated by Sally Tallant, IBA Interim Vice President

Tuesday, May 31 
10am–1pm—IBA General Assembly, Moderated by Bige Orer, IBA Vice President

–Welcoming words
–Yongwoo Lee, IBA President
–Andrea Cancellato, Triennale of Milan Director General
–Introduction to new members
–General report and association updates
–Financial summary
–Deliberation and voting

3–7pm—Working Committee meetings, one hour each (Programming, Research, Policy and Finance)

Wednesday, June 1
10am–6pm—Public conference with keynote speakers: Homi Bhabha / Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi / John Thackara

Thursday, June 2
Visiting related XX1T venues, including Hangar Bicocca, Fabbrica del Vapore, BASE Milano and Museo Diocesano.

Please RSVP to info [​at​]

Connect with an IBA membership
Though the main conference will be open to the public, IBA members receive more advantages during the General Assembly and all year round. During the General Assembly, IBA members are invited to the members-only welcome dinner, the main member conference and other members-only events. Members are able to connect online through the IBA website’s Interactive Space, in which members have the opportunity to network, communicate ideas and work together toward a common goal. Additionally, all IBA members receive a membership card that grants access to all events organized by IBA as well as free admission to those institutions participating in our free admission program.

The three member categories include Individual, Institutional and Associate. Individual and Institutional members are able to vote for IBA representatives. All members are encouraged to be active participants of the association.

Applications are accepted through the IBA website:

Executive Board
President: Yongwoo Lee (Shanghai Project)
Vice President: Bige Örer (Istanbul Biennial)
Interim Vice President: Sally Tallant (Liverpool Biennial)

Board Members (Listed alphabetically)
Alia Swastika (Jogja Biennale) / Alya Sebti (Marrakech Biennale) / Elke aus dem Moore (ifa – Institute for International Cultural Relations) / Eriko Osaka (Yokohama Triennale) / Gabriele Horn (Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art) / Helena Kontova (Prague Biennale) / Hong-Hee Kim (Media City Seoul Biennale) / Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi (Sharjah Art Foundation) / Margarita Gonzalez (Havana Biennial) / Mauro Petroni (Dakar Biennale) / Patrick Mudekereza (Lubumbashi Biennale) / Tan Boon Hui (Asia Society Museum) / Zhang Qing (National Art Museum of China)

For inquiries, please contact: info [​at​]

International Biennial Association (IBA)
111 Biennale-ro, 3rd Floor
Buk-gu, Gwangju, Republic of Korea  61104
T +82 62 608 4132 / F +82 62 608 4139

IBA’s 3rd General Assembly is hosted by the Triennale of Milan and organized by the IBA Office. 

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