Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Opening of the 10th Berlin Biennale, June 9–September 9, 2018. Photo: Florian Grosse.

Berlin
Germany

The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art takes place every two years at varying locations in Berlin and is defined by the unique concepts of its renowned curators. It promotes experimental formats and provides the appointed curators with the space and freedom to present the latest relevant and challenging positions independent of the art market and collection interests.

Each edition brings together artists, theorists, and practitioners from different fields to enable them to enter into a dialogue with the city of Berlin and its public. The German capital is constantly changing, thus remaining fragmented, diverse, and contradictory. The Berlin Biennale explores artistic developments to present the unseen and the unfamiliar against the backdrop of this stimulating atmosphere. Participation in the exhibition has contributed to numerous young artists achieving international status.

In 1998, the 1st Berlin Biennale took place founded on the initiative of Eberhard Mayntz and Klaus Biesenbach—founding director of Kunst-Werke Berlin. The Berlin Biennale is organized by KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e.V. Its significance for the cultural landscape is reflected in the patronage granted by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), which in turn receives funding from the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media).

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