Curator announced for 6th Berlin Biennial

KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is pleased to announce that Kathrin Rhomberg has been appointed curator of the 6th berlin biennial for contemporary art. The 6th berlin biennial will take place in spring 2010.
Since 1990, Kathrin Rhomberg has worked as a freelance curator of exhibitions of contemporary art. She has organized projects on art and art theory, lecture series and symposia, and has numerous publications. From 1990 to 2001 Kathrin Rhomberg was curator and director of the Secession exhibitions center in Vienna, and in 2000 she was co-curator of Manifesta 3 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, together with Maria Hlavajova, Ole Bouman, and Francesco Bonami. Together with Maria Hlavajova, Kathrin Rhomberg is founding director of Tranzit, a long-term initiative for the promotion of contemporary art projects in central Europe, which is sponsored by the Erste Bank Group and has been running since 2002. From 2002 to 2006 Kathrin Rhomberg and Marion von Osten were the artistic directors for the “Migration” project initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. From 2002 to 2007 Kathrin Rhomberg was director of the Art Association of Cologne (Kölnischer Kunstverein).

Among Kathrin Rhomberg’s exhibitions for the Vienna Secession are solo shows by Dieter Roth (1995), Heimo Zobernig (1995), Lois Weinberger (1996), Carsten Höller (1996), Zoe Leonard (1997), James Coleman (1997), Markus Geiger (1998), Mike Kelley & Paul McCarthy (1998), Renée Green (1999), Pierre Huyghe (1999), Christopher Wool (2001), and Trinh T. Minh-ha (2001), and the group shows “Young Scene” (1998) and “Ausgeträumt—-” (The Dream is Over, 2001). In the Art Association of Cologne she has presented Florian Pumhösl (2003), Roman Ondák (2004), Cezary Bodzianowski (2005), Trisha Donnelly (2005), Cosima von Bonin (2005), Clemens von Wedemeyer (2006), Jutta Koether (2006), Sanja Iveković (2006), and others.

Established in 1998, the berlin biennial has become a major international event for contemporary art. Located in Berlin, in the midst of the vibrant cultural scene in the fast-changing capital of Germany, the berlin biennial has received an enthusiastic response from the audience as an experimental, forward-looking and contextual show. The five editions of the berlin biennial that have taken place to date explored a variety of exhibition formats and involved diverse curatorial agendas. Klaus Biesenbach planned and set up the 1st berlin biennial in 1998 together with Nancy Spector und Hans Ulrich Obrist. The 2nd berlin biennial (2001) was curated by Saskia Bos and the 3rd berlin biennial (2004) by Ute Meta Bauer. Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, and Ali Subotnick curated the 4th berlin biennial (2006). This year’s 5th berlin biennial was curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic, who joined as co-curator at Adam Szymczyk’s invitation.

The German Federal Cultural Foundation provides top support to outstanding cultural events and organizations involved in contemporary art in Germany. The berlin biennial for contemporary art is one of the institutions supported, receiving €2,500,000 for the 4th and 5th berlin biennial. In its meeting of December 2007, the Advisory Board of the German Federal Cultural Foundation decided to provide €2,500,000 for each of the 6th and 7th berlin biennial. This support from the Cultural Foundation ensures that Berlin’s “most important event for contemporary art” will enjoy secure finances until 2012. This support ensures planning stability for the event, and enables the organizers of the berlin biennial to address issues of content and communication in a radical new way.

The selection committee of the 6th berlin biennial consisted of Iara Boubnova, Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia; Donna De Salvo, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Philipp Kaiser, MOCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Bernhart Schwenk, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, and Theodora Vischer, Schaulager Basel.
The organizer of the berlin biennial is KW Institute for Contemporary Art. KW is also one of the berlin biennial’s exhibition venues. Other venues of the 6th berlin biennial will be announced later.

If you have questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. More information on the 6th berlin biennial will be available shortly at

The berlin biennial for contemporary art is supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Director: Gabriele Horn

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