18th September - 18th December, Thessaloniki
Press Release 4th THESSALONIKI BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART September 18, 2013- January 31, 2014 General title: “Old Intersections- Make it New» Central Exhibition title: “Everywhere but Now”
Exhibitions, art events in museums and monuments; art installations, performances, workshops, conferences, educational programs, interventions in public spaces and guided tours will be taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece, during the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, from September 18, 2013 until January 31, 2014. This year’s Thessaloniki Biennale is being extended with a full program of events on a role, aiming to attract the art lovers’ interest in the city and internationally.
The 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is funded under the Operational Programme Macedonia-Thrace 2007-2013 and is co-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). The organization is run by the State Museum of Contemporary Art, realized with the participation of the “5 Museums’ Movement in Thessaloniki” (namely, the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the State Museum of Contemporary Art, the Teloglion Foundation of Art of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) supported by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and with the collaboration of a number of other cultural and educational agencies and institutions.
Director of the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is Katerina Koskina, President of the Board of Trustees of the SMCA, Art Historian & Curator.
The Biennale opening will be held on September 18, with the inauguration of the exhibition “Everywhere but Now”, curated by Αdelina von Fürstenberg, Chief Curator of the Central Exhibition of the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, along with the opening the exhibitions by the “5 Museums’ Movement in Thessaloniki”, while other events and exhibitions will be inaugurated during the following months.
4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art -a Synopsis
(the program will be updated)
The Mediterranean sea, as a geographical space, in which the current cultural and social reality is researched and studied, although yet vague and still extremely interesting due to the constant dramatic changes in recent years, with its traditional elements along with influence and impact of the global model indicated, will be again this year’s thematic of the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, under the general title “Old Intersections-Make it New”.
The Biennale program goes as following:
_ Central Exhibition
“Everywhere but Now” is the title given to the Central Exhibition by Αdelina von Fürstenberg the Chief Curator of the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Independent Curator and Film Producer, President of the NGO ART for The World.
Over 50 artists from 25 countries - from Brazil and Cuba to Iran and India, as well as many Mediterranean countries, including 14 artists from Greece - will present their works, using all media such as paintings, sculptures, photography, video installations, films and performances.
Αdelina von Fürstenberg’s comments on the exhibition title: “Everywhere but Now closely relates the question of space of different genius loci in the Mediterranean area with the question of time of creation in our contemporary world. It’s in fact, Ernst Jungers’s Hic et nunc that in the "Treaty of Rebel" describes the rebel as an independent and free man of action, very similar to the artist’s condition. Everywhere but Now broadens also the concept of hic and nunc by giving a wider significant: a vision that adheres to the ideals of existentialism and recognizes man’s fragility in his condition over: the Being there, Dasein of Heidegger. In addition, we can perceive in the title the fundamental character of Dasein as Being-in-the-world, in taking the world as horizon of the project.”
Participating artists and filmmakers: Marina Abramovic, Ghada Amer, John Armleder, Maja Bajević, Bill Balaskas, Lenora de Barros, Beforelight, Jacques Berthet, Nigol Bezjian, Mohamed Bourouissa, Marie Bovo, David Casini, Sheba Chhachhi, Claire Fontaine, Jordi Colomer, Marta Dell’Angelo, Desertmed Collective, Haris Epaminonda, Inci Eviner, Ymane Fakhir, Parastou Forouhar, Apostolos Georgiou, Khaled Jarrar, Hüseyin Karabey, Gülsün Karamustafa, Iseult Labote, Ange Leccia, Los Carpinteros, DeAnna Maganias, Marcello Maloberti, Miltos Manetas, Mark Mangion, Liliana Moro, Adrian Paci, Rosana Palazyan, Jafar Panahi, Maria Papadimitriou, Dan & Lia Perjovschi, Paris Petridis, Ivan Petrović, Khalil Rabah, Philip Rantzer, Zineb Sedira, Veronica Smirnoff, Priscilla Tea, Panos Tsagaris, Maria Tsagkari, Gal Weinstein, Peter Wüthrich, Raed Yassin, Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Vasilis Zografos.
Exhibition Designer: Arch. Uliva Velo.
Countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia, Brazil, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Syria, Switzerland, Turkey, USA.
Central Exhibition venues: Alatza Imaret, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Geni Tzami, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Pavillion 6 (Thessaloniki International Trade Fair area), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Moni Lazariston)
For the first time, a large part of the Biennale Central Exhibition will be hosted in the Pavillion 6 (Thessaloniki International Trade Fair area), urging the visitors to explore the Thessaloniki city centre, and discover the monuments along with the old and contemporary history of the city.
The SMCA headquarters, Moni Lazariston, hosts the big exhibition “The Costakis collection and the Russian avant-garde. 100 since the collector’s birth”, putting in focus the collection and the collector’s work accordingly, through over 250 artworks. At the same time, some of the artists participating in the Central Exhibition will be in dialogue with Russian avant-garde period works, during the Biennale.
_Exhibitions organised by the “5 Museums’ Movement in Thessaloniki”
State Museum of Contemporary Art
Exhibition title: “The Costakis collection and the Russian avant-garde. 100 since the collector’s birth”
Curators: Maria Tsantsanoglou, Angeliki Charistou
Venue: Moni Lazarist;on
Duration: April 5, 2013-January 31, 2014
2013 is an anniversary year for the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki-Greece, since it has been 100 years since the collector George Costakis was born in Moscow. On this occasion the SMCA holds a big exhibition, with over 250 artworks from the famous Russian avant-garde collection, dedicated to the collector himself, a large part of whose collection belongs to the Museum. The other part was donated by the collector himself in 1977 to the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The Costakis collection is the largest collection of Russian avant-garde art (1900-1930) and has a great mobility in exhibitions all over Europe and the USA. It is a big presentation of the Costakis collection and the archive which follows and shows the collector’s gaze and method, through monographic artists’ presentations, enriched by guided tours, educational programs, talks, book presentations and lessons on the Russian avant- garde period.
State Museum of Contemporary Art
Temporary Exhibition title: Tradition-Reversal
Curator: Katerina Koskina, Yannis Bolis
Venue: Warehouse B1 (port area)
Duration: September 2013-December 2014
The exhibition consists of a selection from the contemporary art collections of the State Museum of Contemporary Art, being related to the tradition, the technical know-how and the sociopolitical reversals which have changed definitely the Mediterranean area during the last years.
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
Exhibition title: “Mediterranean palimpsests: three enigmas of decay and incorruption”
Curators: Evangelia Stefani, Angeliki Koukouvou, Themis Veleni
Venue: Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
The exhibition invites us to a dialogue and communication two cultural derivatives of different eras of the same place. An ancient text, the earliest “book” written in the Greek alphabet in the Mediterranean, the Derveni papyrus, converses with two contemporary works of art, in the form of installation, by the artist Demetris Xonoglou, in two different units, in the atrium of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.
Museum of Byzantine Culture
Exhibition title: "The veneration of Saint Mamas in the Mediterranean: a traveller, border defender Saint."
Curator: Agathoniki Tsilipakou
Venue: Museum of Byzantine Culture
The exhibition aims at presenting the unknown honouring of St. Mamas, through the art of the East and the West, emphasising mainly on Cyprus and Greece from the early Byzantine period. The exhibition showcases the places and temples of worship of St. Mamas, which acted as a communicative, religious and cultural contact network throughout the Mediterranean. For the first time, the objects of the exhibition present the establishment of the vibrant devotional traditions of the myrrh-streamer and healer Saint Mamas, who has been co-depicted in icons, co-worshipped and thus identified as Saint Demetrius, the patron of Thessaloniki. The close relationship and liturgical tradition of the two saints is an important aspect and further proof of Thessaloniki’s radiance.
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Exhibition title: “The Mediterranean experience: The Mediterranean as a spatial paradigm for circulation of ideas and meaning”.
Venue: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Duration: September- December 2013
Curator: Denys Zacharopoulos
Deputy Curators: Alexios Papazacharias, Maro Psyrra
This MMCA exhibition comprises more than 120 emblematic contemporary art works by Greek and foreign artists, who are negotiating the manifold concept of free public space. The Mediterranean is understood here, as spatial paradigm and structure in which the traditional notion of centre is substituted by the function of an “opposite side”, which gives place to communication and exchange. The exhibition explores systematically and for the first time, the formation of new cognitive and aesthetic categories as a topology of "The Mediterranean Experience”, within contemporary art, starting with Le Nouveau Réalisme and Arte Povera until the present times.
TeloglionFoundationofArt – AUTh
Exhibition title: “Vasso Katraki: Dialogue between Black and White”
Venue: Teloglion Foundation of Art – AUTh
Vasso Katraki was a leading Greek engraver. Her work, saturated by social and political dimensions, spread the ecumenical principles of Humanism and hence offered a fundamental reform to the art of engraving. Repeatedly awarded internationally, Vasso Katraki became a point of reference for Greek engravers.
The exhibition brings into light significant moments of her parcours through representative abstract engravings supplemented by matrices, the famous Gyaros pebbles and part of the Toni Spiteri’s archive to be unveiled. The public will have the opportunity to track the artistic development of an emblematic figure that uniquely linked the individual to the collective.
_Other events of the main program
3rd Thessaloniki Performance Festival
Duration: October 15-19, 2013
Curator and Coordination: Eirini Papakonstantinou
This year’s festival will include live performances which will highlight the diverse elements that constitute the art of performance, master classes, and a workshop to be held a week before the opening of the Festival which will aim to broaden the relationship between performance and photography, as also its transition through the photographic lens. In addition, the Festival will include a conference, experimental electronic music concerts, screenings of video performances and tributes to two major art figures that throughout their longtime artistic trajectories, they excelled in the area of performance.
Venue: State Museum of Contemporary Art (Warehouse B1, port)
The theme of this year’s Biennale symposium will be linked again to the general title of the Biennale and subsequently to the Mediterranean area. At the same time, the symposium will be focused on the function of the archives and their practices in the contemporary art field.
Collaboration with the 54th Thessaloniki Film Festival
November 1-10, 2013
At the same time, the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art will support communication wise, exhibitions and art actions organized by other institutions, and groups. There will be future updates.
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