Yu Yeon Kim
The main idea of the biennale is mediation, a dialogue between different cultures of the world, based on the experience and exploration of the culture and art of Central Europe. 16 exhibitions in most prestigious exhibition spaces in Poznan, over 200 artists amongst others: Marina Abramovic, Gunter Brus, Chen Chieh-Jen, Weng Fen, Jan Fabre, Gloria Friedmann, Paolo Grassino, Shilpa Gupta, Izabella Gustowska, Tamas Hencze, William Kentridge, Anselm Kieler, and many others.
The first international bi-annual contemporary art exhibition in Poznań, Mediations Biennale is intended to become one of the largest events of the kind in Central Europe. The main idea of the biennale is mediation, a dialogue between different cultures of the world, based on the experience and exploration of the culture and art of Central Europe.
Poland's location on the borderland of European and Asian influences, for centuries stimulated development of a unique cultural perspective, which differs from the post-colonial identity of Western Europe. The art of Central Europe is the result of mutual social, historical, ethnic, religious, cultural and aesthetic influences. At times, remotely inspired by main European trends, it produced completely new artistic phenomena and manifestos. Although it is difficult to talk about Central European art as a separate, consistent reality, each confrontation with it evokes a desire to name this unique phenomenon so deeply embedded in the region's reality.
16 exhibitions in most prestigious exhibition spaces in Poznań, over 200 artists amongst others: Marina Abramović, Günter Brus, Chen Chieh-Jen, Weng Fen, Jan Fabre, Gloria Friedmann, Paolo Grassino, Shilpa Gupta, Izabella Gustowska, Tamás Hencze, William Kentridge, Anselm Kieler, Jarosław Kozłowski, Laura Lancaster, Zbigniew Libera, Hermann Nitsch, Roman Opałka, Giuseppe Penone, Sándor Pinczehelyi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Joanna Rajkowska, Zdenek Sykora, Günther Becker, Lee Ufan czy Koen Vanmechelen.
The Biennale consists of two elements. Main Program are three curator exhibitions presented at the National Museum in Poznań, "Zamek" Culture Centre and Old Printing House:
Voyage sentimental – curated by Lorand Hegyi
Corporeal/Technoreal – curated by Yu Yeon Kim
Identity and Tolerance – curated by Gu Zhenqing
Month of Mediation is a program of exhibitions and other artistic events held throughout October in galleries and public spaces, which will constitute a platform for dialogue between different cultures, forms of art, and means of expression.
Organization: "Zamek" Culture Centre, Kontekst Sztuki Association
Financed by: Governor of Wielkopolska Province, Municipality of Poznań
Exhibition Patron: Meble VOX
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