Berlin Biennial 5: Co-curator announced

Elena Filipovic to join Adam Szymczyk as co-curator of the 5th berlin biennial

The 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art is delighted to announce that Adam Szymczyk, the curator of the 5th berlin biennial in 2008 has invited Elena Filipovic to join him as co-curator.

Szymczyk, who was appointed by an international selection committee in October 2006, has said “the most rewarding part of the curatorial work is an exchange of ideas in collaborative projects and I am more than happy that Elena Filipovic has agreed to join me as of now. She comes to the project with experience both in thinking about the theoretical and historical implications of exhibitions and an exciting record of inventiveness in making them. Working together and learning from each other, we will develop a detailed concept of the show within the next three months and I am very much looking forward to an inspired collaboration and to making the exhibition, which we hope will be beyond the usual.”

Adam Szymczyk is a curator and writer born in 1970 in Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland. He studied art history at Warsaw University and worked at different art institutions in Warsaw. In 1997, he was one of the founding members of the Foksal Gallery Foundation (FGF) in Warsaw where he organized projects together with Andrzej Przywara and Joanna Mytkowska, both in Poland and internationally. In 2003, he was appointed director and chief curator of the Kunsthalle Basel, where he recently curated the retrospective Lee Lozano: Win First Don’t Last Win Last Don’t Care (in association with Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), the group show Quauhnahuac: The Straight Line Is An Utopia, and a solo exhibition with Micol Assaël Chizhevsky Lessons. He has written extensively about contemporary art for books, catalogues and art magazines and has been responsible for exhibitions in Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.

Elena Filipovic is independent curator and writer born in 1972 in Los Angeles. She is completing her doctorate in art history at Princeton University and was co-editor, with Barbara Vanderlinden, of The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Biennials in Post-Wall Europe recently published by Roomade and MIT Press. She is a frequent contributor to frieze and a guest tutor of theory/exhibition history at De Appel in Amsterdam. Most recently, she curated Let Everything Be Temporary, or When is the Exhibition? at Apex Art in New York and Anachronism at Argos Center for Art and Media in Brussels, and will curate the first major exhibition of Marcel Duchamp’s work in Latin America, to open at the Fundacion Proa in Buenos Aires and the Museu d’Arte Moderna in Sao Paulo in 2008.

Established in 1998, the berlin biennial has become a major international event in the contemporary art world. Located in Berlin, in the midst of the vibrant cultural scene of the fast-changing capital of Germany, the berlin biennial has received an enthusiastic response from its audience as an experimental, forward-looking, and context-sensitive show. The four editions of the berlin biennial that have taken place until today explored a variety of exhibition formats and involved diverse curatorial approaches. The former editions of the berlin biennial were curated by: the founding director of the berlin biennial, Klaus Biesenbach, with Nancy Spector and Hans-Ulrich Obrist (1st berlin biennial in 1998); Saskia Bos (2nd berlin biennial in 2001); Ute Meta Bauer (3rd berlin biennial in 2004); and the curatorial team of Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick (4th berlin biennial in 2006).

In 2003, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes/German Federal Cultural Foundation designated the berlin biennial as one of the “Beacons of Contemporary Art.” As a consequence, the German Federal Cultural Foundation decided to support the two following editions of the berlin biennial from 2003 to 2008, the 4th berlin biennial and the 5th berlin biennial, with 2.5 million Euro each in order to enable its curators to focus on the content and communication of their project and to secure the much-needed financial stability of the whole endeavor.

The 5th berlin biennial will open for the public on April 5, 2008 and will run until June 15, 2008. The organizer of the 5th berlin biennial is KW Institute for Contemporary Art. KW is also one of the 5th berlin biennial’s exhibition venues.

If you have questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. ://

SAVE THE DATE: 05.04. – 15.06.2008

The 5th berlin biennial is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes/German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Director: Gabriele Horn

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