12 Facts About Berlin Biennale


Berlin Biennale is a contemporary art exhibition, which has been held at various locations in Berlin, Germany, every two to three years since 1998.

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The Biennale is underwritten by the German government through the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, and is the second most important contemporary arts event in the country, after documenta.

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The Berlin Biennale was co-founded on 26 March 1996 by Klaus Biesenbach and a group of collectors as well as patrons of art.

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Second Berlin Biennale ran from 20 April to 20 June 2001 and included works by approximately 50 artists from more than 30 countries, several of them very young.

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Third Berlin Biennale took place from 14 February to 18 April 2004 and was directed by Ute Meta Bauer, who chose five themes, or "hubs, " titled Migration, Urban Conditions, Sonic Landscapes, Modes and Scenes, and Other Cinema, in order to focus on artistic conversation and on the specific circumstances of post-Cold War Berlin.

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Fourth Berlin Biennale ran from 25 March to 5 June 2006, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, and Ali Subotnick, known collectively as the Wrong Gallery after a project they did in New York.

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The 2006 Berlin Biennale was recognized as a "project of peak cultural importance" and received both federal funding and other assistance.

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Fifth Berlin Biennale was curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic and took place from 5 April to 15 June 2008.

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Sixth Berlin Biennale ran from 11 June to 8 August 2010 and was headed by Kathrin Rhomberg.

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Seventh Berlin Biennale took place from 27 April to 1 July 2012 and was curated by Artur Zmijewski with art historian Joanna Warsza and the Voina art collective.

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Eighth Berlin Biennale took place from 29 May to 3 August 2014 and was curated by Juan A Gaitan.

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Ninth Berlin Biennale took place from to 4 June to 18 September 2016 and was curated by the New York art collective DIS.

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