Friedl vom Groller
Marion von Osten
Let's talk about the cracks in reality, about the gap between the world we talk about and the world that's really there. Let's talk about the self-deceptions where reality becomes too painful. Let's talk about the fictional arsenal of the mass media and consumerism, about the rhetoric of distraction and appeasement. Won't that ultimately lead us to question contemporary art, and its relationship to reality? At several locations in Berlin, the biennal brings together numerous artistic positions on the present. The biennial will be contextualized by an exhibition of Adolph Menzel (1815-1905), 'The Living Currency' with performances and works by international artists, and some Satellite Projects.
Curator Kathrin Rhomberg
Director Gabriele Horn
Do you believe in reality? What a question, you'll reply. Reality isn't something you believe in. It proverbially catches up with you anyway, always. But then what are we talking about here? Maybe we could talk about the fact that you so often hear people saying something was different 'in reality'? Or about why it has become so customary to add a 'really' or an 'actually' or an 'in fact' to so many of the things we say? Let's talk about the cracks in reality, about the gap between the world we talk about and the world that's really there.
But why this distinction? Because reality is always the other? Or the others? Everything that's waiting out there?
Let's talk about the self-deceptions where reality becomes too painful. Let's talk about the fictional arsenal of the mass media and consumerism, about the rhetoric of distraction and appeasement.
Won't that ultimately lead us to question contemporary art, and its relationship to reality?
From June 11 to August 8, 2010, at several locations in Berlin, the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will bring together numerous artistic positions on the present. Michael Schmidt's photographic works are the first artistic contribution to the biennial and will accompany it in the public realm and the media throughout its duration.
The biennial will be contextualized by an exhibition with works by Adolph Menzel (1815-1905), curated – at the invitation of Kathrin Rhomberg – by the American art historian Michael Fried in cooperation with the Alte Nationalgalerie|Old National Gallery and the Kupferstichkabinett|Museum of Prints and Drawings of the National Museums in Berlin.
The project George Kuchar was realized in collaboration with film scholar Marc Siegel.
Bernard Bazile (*1952 in Tulle/France), Mark Boulos (*1975 in Boston/USA), Mohamed Bourouissa (*1978 in Blida/Algeria), Olga Chernysheva (*1962 in Moscow/Russia), Phil Collins (*1970 in Runcorn/Great Britain), Minerva Cuevas (*1975 in Mexico City/Mexico), Shannon Ebner (*1971 in Englewood/USA), Nir Evron (*1974 in Herzliya/Israel), Marcus Geiger (*1957 in Muri/Switzerland), Ion Grigorescu (*1945 in Bucharest/Romania), Friedl vom Gröller (Kubelka) (*1946 in London/Great Britain), Nilbar Güreş (*1977 in Istanbul/Turkey), Petrit Halilaj (*1986 in Skenderaj/Kosovo), Marlene Haring (*1978 in Vienna/Austria), Cameron Jamie (*1969 in Los Angeles/USA), Sven-Åke Johansson (*1943 in Mariestad/Sweden), Thomas Judin (*1982 in Frankfurt am Main/Germany), George Kuchar (*1942 in New York/USA), Andrey Kuzkin (*1979 in Moscow/Russia), Thomas Locher (*1956 in Munderkingen/Germany), Adrian Lohmüller (*1977 in Gengenbach/Germany), Armando Lulaj (*1980 in Tirana/Albania), Renzo Martens (*1973 in Sluiskil/The Netherlands), Adolph Menzel (*1815 in Breslau, † 1905 in Berlin), Avi Mograbi (*1956 in Tel-Aviv/Israel), Henrik Olesen (*1967 in Esbjerg/Denmark), Roman Ondák (*1966 in Zilina/Slovak Republic), Marion von Osten (*1963 in Dortmund/Germany), Ferhat Özgür (*1965 in Ankara/Turkey), Margaret Salmon (*1975 in New York/USA), Hans Schabus (*1970 in Watschig/Austria), Michael Schmidt (*1945 in Berlin/Germany), Ruti Sela (*1974 in Jerusalem/Israel) & Maayan Amir (*1978 in Hadera/Israel), Gedi Sibony (*1973 in New York/USA), John Smith (*1952 in London/Great Britain), Michael Stevenson (*1964 in Inglewood/New Zealand), Sebastian Stumpf (*1980 in Würzburg/Germany), Ron Tran (*1972 in Saigon/Vietnam), Danh Vo (*1975 in Saigon/Vietnam), Marie Voignier (*1974 in Ris-Orangis/France), Vincent Vulsma (*1982 in Zaandam/The Netherlands), Anna Witt (*1981 in Wasserburg am Inn/Germany), Pleurad Xhafa / Sokol Peçi (both *1984 in Albania)
ACCOMPANYING EVENTS AND COLLABORATIONS:
La monnaie vivante / The Living Currency / Die lebende Münze
17.–19.6.2010, 7.30 pm–00.30 am, HAU 1, Stresemannstraße 29, 10963 Berlin
After Pierre Klossowski, staged by Pierre Bal-Blanc for the 6th Berlin Biennale and realized in cooperation with Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) and Centre d'art contemporain de Brétigny (CAC Brétigny).
With performances and works by Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Robert Breer, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Ceal Floyer, Simone Forti, Prinz Gholam, Jens Haaning, Sanja Iveković, Jiří Kovanda, Teresa Margolles, Roman Ondák, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Gianni Pettena, Pratchaya Phinthong, Santiago Sierra, Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan), Franz Erhard Walther, Franz West, Artur Żmijewski, amongst others; and with scores by Cornelius Cardew and Christian Wolff, played by Jean-Jacques Palix.
Searching for the Post-Capitalist Self
e-flux journal #17, Summer 2010, guest-edited by the artist and curator Marion von Osten, as her contribution to the 6th Berlin Biennale in cooperation with e-flux journal. With texts and conversations by An Architektur / Massimo de Angelis / Stavros Stavrides, Manuela Bojadzijev / Serhat Karakayali, Antke Engel, Jesko Fezer, Tom Holert, Judith Hopf, Isabell Lorey, Sebastian Luetgert, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Marion von Osten / Fahim Amir / Eva Egermann / Peter Spillmann and Florian Zeyfang.
In cooperation with the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts five so- called "Satellite Projects" have been developed, which, based on the 6th Berlin Biennale's contents, create alternative approaches to art and bring the local public and various social groups into dialog with the exhibition. Amongst others these include:
Mein lokales Modell and Visionsbox
Two projects in cooperation with students of the Nürtingen Primary School in Berlin- Kreuzberg.
The starting point of the projects is the architectural model of the quarter of Kreuzberg that is on display in the Kreuzbergmuseum (Adalbertstraße 95A, Berlin-Kreuzberg). It is here that the project's results are on show.
Opening: 2.7.2010, 5 pm
Werkzeug Wahrnehmung – A walk between guided tour and self experiment An approximately 1-hour walk with visually impaired and sighted persons.
Including talks and practical exercises (e. g. "Does your nose understand the 6th Berlin Biennale?"), the walk will lead to the works of the 6th Berlin Biennale and into the neighborhood of Kreuzberg.
Dates: 13.6.2010, noon / 18.6.2010, 5.30 pm / 20.6.2010, noon / 2.7.2010, 4 pm
Admission: 2,50 EUR, Booking: email@example.com
The Satellite Projects are realized by the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts, in cooperation with Förderverein Art in Context and the Nürtingen Primary School in Berlin-Kreuzberg, and are supported by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung.
During the course of the exhibition, events will be organized for and with the public, neighborhood, and the art education team, taking place at Dresdener Strasse 14, Berlin- Kreuzberg.
Details regarding the Satellite Projects and all further dates of events will be announced on the website.
Rückkopplungen – Kunst und Lebenswirklichkeiten
From July 2 to 4, 2010, in a project titled Rückkopplungen – Kunst und Lebenswirklichkeiten various local, national, and international approaches to participatory art education and cultural education will be presented and discussed.
The project is a cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
Image: Michael Schmidt
Communication and Press
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press conference of the 6th Berlin Biennale will take place on June 9, 2010 at 11 am.
Kulturzentrum Anatolischer Aleviten e. V., Waldemarstr. 20, 10999 Berlin.
The press conference on the occasion of the opening of the 6th Berlin Biennale will take place on June 9, 2010 at 11 am.
Location: Kulturzentrum der Anatolischen Aleviten e.V., Waldemarstraße 20, 10999 Berlin (U8 Moritzplatz, U8 Kottbusser Tor).
Press Preview: 9.6.2010, 11 am–10 pm
Opening Reception: June 10, 2010
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
U6 Oranienburger Tor
S1 / S2 / S25 Oranienburger Straße
S5 / S7 / S9 Hackescher Markt
U8 Kottbusser Tor
Alte Nationalgalerie ⎮Old National Gallery
S5 / S7 / S9 Hackescher Markt
S5 / S7 / S9 Friedrichstraße
Dresdener Straße 19
U8 Kottbusser Tor
Kohlfurter Straße 1
U8 Kottbusser Tor
U6 / U8 Mehringdamm
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday 10 am – 10 pm
Friday to Sunday 10 am – 7 pm
Closed on Mondays
On holidays the exhibition will be open during the regular opening hours.
Differing opening hours at the Alte Nationalgalerie / Old National Gallery:
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday to Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Ticket (all venues) 14 EUR, reduced 7 EUR
Groups of 10 or more, per person 10 EUR, reduced 5 EUR
Family Ticket (2 adults with child/ren under 18 years) 25 EUR