MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Ready for the artistic takeover of the capital, Serene Tseng explores the origins and objectives of the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.
Get ready for the artistic takeover of the capital and head to the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.
Due to its unique role at the forefront of political change and development in modern history, Berlin has remained a mecca for artists seeking growth and evolution. Many events celebrate the city's artistic importance, and the capital's multitude of museums, galleries, performance spaces, and art schools is proof of that lasting allure. Perhaps the most important art-centric event is the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary
Art, established in 1998 as a response to the Venice Biennale. Sometimes described as an experimental event, the Biennale is an "art lab" for both artists and visitors that focuses on Berlin's ability to influence the art world both inside and out, while embodying the free spirit of the capital. Every two years, the Biennale explores the artistic development of younger and more obscure contemporary artists, whose work is shown at venues chosen by the edition's curators. This year's curation panel, New York art collective DIS, have assembled both stationary and mobile works for exhibition at locations ranging from the glass-fronted Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz, with its artistic legacy, to the Feuerle Collection WWII bunker on the Landwehr canal and the Blue Star sightseeing boat by Reederei Riedel, turned into a moving contemporary art gallery that will follow the popular tour boat routes on the Spree. The settings are diverse and dynamic, and aim to enhance the exhibitions they host. The 9th edition of the Biennale focuses on themes closely linked to technology and encompassing various topics, from the implications of universal connectivity to micro-trends, new forms of exhibition design, climate wars and geopolitics, as well as content and form in the age of internet. Berlin's three-month-long event is a reflection of the curators' view of society, and the incorporation of various locations in the city creates a giant gallery space that invites a dialogue between artists, viewers, and curators with Berlin and its inhabitants.
4 June to 18 September. www. bb9.berlinbiennale.de.