BMW:11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art presents first program from September 7 to November 9, 2019, with press view the day before. BMW again Corporate Partner of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.
Berlin. From September 7 to November 9, the Berlin
Biennale for Contemporary Art invites to a first program “exp. 1: The
Bones of the World” with over twenty-five contributions and diverse
formats. On the occasion of the exhibition opening, a press view takes
place the previous day, on September 6 at 11.00 am. The 11th Berlin
Biennale brings together the most influential current positions of
artists, theorists, and practitioners in Berlin – with BMW as
The ground floor of the corner tower at the architectural
complex ExRotaprint in the neighborhood of Wedding in Berlin will open
its doors as a temporary home for the 11th Berlin Biennale for
Contemporary Art with “exp. 1: The Bones of the World”. A first
program with over twenty-five contributions and diverse formats takes
place from September 7 to November 9, 2019, unfolding until the
opening of the 11th Berlin Biennale in June 2020. The 11th Berlin
Biennale takes place from June 13 to September 13, 2020, at various
venues in Berlin.
“How do each of us bare ourselves to the world? ‘The Bones of
the World’ is an attempt to hold on to the complicated beauty of life
when the fire has erupted. Not an obsession with the ruins, but an
attempt to be attentive to what is made with the rubble. A way of
working with and remaining beside that which moves us now. As an
exhibition it is a setting, an exercise in mutual exposure, a place to
listen to the stories that shape us – stories we have shared with one
another, and stories that have not yet been told. It is a space open
to the diverse experiences that we bring with us, but also to those
occurring around us, outside our comfort zones, at this very moment.
‘Os Ossos do Mundo’ [The Bones of the World] is also the title
of a travelog written by the Brazilian artist Flávio de Carvalho (1899
-1973) during his time in Europe in the mid-1930s. Today it reads as a
kind of reverse ethnography of the Old World. For us, ‘The Bones of
the World’ is a point of departure, an initial motion, aware of the
rawness of time and its broken promises. At the same time, it is a
joyous acknowledgement of life occurring amidst, against, and despite
the general states of brokenness all around us. From here, we move.”
(María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio).
The curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale envision the
forthcoming edition as a series of lived experiences that evolve as a
process. It begins with three sequential moments, “exp. 1”, “exp. 2”,
and “exp. 3”, unfolding from September 2019 to May 2020, which attempt
to learn from and build sustainable relations, not only with
participating artists and projects, but as importantly with the city
and people of Berlin. The starting point is the immediate surroundings
of the ExRotaprint complex in the neighborhood of Wedding. Nothing is
complete; things are expected to move and be transformed. In June
2020, the 11th Berlin Biennale will bring forth these experiences in
different venues throughout the city.
With works and contributions by Marwa Arsanios, Felix
Brüggemann, Flávio de Carvalho, Léo Corrêa, Die Remise (Ali Akyol,
Jacqueline Aslan, Stefan Bast, Muriel Biedrzycki, Julia, Brunner,
Fatma Cakmak, Stefan Endewardt, Tobi Euler, Melina Gerstemann, Ayşe
Güleç, Juanita Kellner, Angelika Levi, Carmen Mörsch, Shanti Suki
Osman, Ayse Preissing, Markus Schega, Miriam Schickler, Aylin Turgay,
and pupils from the Nürtingen and Heinrich-Zille elementary schools,
with Çiçek Bacık, Aïcha Diallo, Kotti-Shop, Annika Niemann), Feminist
Health Care Research Group (Inga Zimprich/Julia Bonn), Andrés
Fernández, Florian Gass, Till Gathmann, Mauricio Gatti, Eiko Grimberg,
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Âlut Kangermio, Mapa Teatro, Virginia de
Medeiros, Marcelo Moreschi, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende,
Mirja Reuter, Teatro da Vertigem, Teo, Cecilia Vicuña, Osías Yanov,
The 11th Berlin Biennale space at ExRotaprint – a tenant-run
project initiated by artists, bringing together work, art, and
community – serves as a space for these diverse experiences to unfold,
each including exhibitions, long-term artist projects and workshops,
activations of artistic and pedagogical archives, performances, talks,
poetry readings, artistic residencies, and other on-site interventions.
The visual identity of the 11th Berlin Biennale is being
developed by Till Gathmann.
Besides the Berlin Biennale, the list of long-term commitments
to the arts in Germany’s capital city includes the Gallery Weekend and
the Preis der Nationalgalerie, which will be announced on September
12, 2019. Beyond the extensive commitment to the arts, BMW cooperates
with the opera house Staatsoper Unter den Linden and invites to the
long-standing open-air format “State Opera for All” at Bebelplatz. In
addition, and with BWM OPERA NEXT, they make use of the opportunities
of digitalization to open fresh perspectives and new ways accessing
the world of opera for young audiences.
Information about the press view on September 6, 2019 at 11.00
On September 6, 2019, the 11th Berlin Biennale begins
sharing its process with a press view in its temporary space at the
ExRotaprint complex in Berlin-Wedding. After a short introduction at
11 am, the curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale will be available for
questions and conversations until 1 pm. The introduction will be in English.
RSVP: Please register to the press view at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information and a selection of images are available upon request.
The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is funded by the
Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) and
organized by KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V.
Friday, September 6,
2019 from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
“exp. 1: The Bones of the World”
September 7 until November
Housewarming: Friday, September 6, 2019, from 5.00 pm –
11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint
Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday, 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm
For further questions please contact:
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382
Head of Communications
für zeitgenössische Kunst
KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e.
Telephone: +49 30 24 34 59 42
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