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Why Biennial? Why Associate? Biennial Foundation welcomes you to join the Conference and First General Assembly of the International Biennial Association (IBA) in Berlin.

International Biennial Association (IBA)

Conference and First General Assembly

10th – 13th July, 2014
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
Free admission

The conference will bring together artists, critics, art historians, curators, and biennial directors who influenced important questions and developments related to perennial art exhibitions. The conference will begin with the question Why Biennial? leading into the topic of ‘Biennial Writing, Re-assessing Art History’. The second question that will be addressed is Why Associate? opening up discussions on ‘Institutional Critique and How to be Self-Critical in Biennial Work’.

The event with the focus on the inaugural ceremony of IBA will be open to the public, consisting of keynote speeches and panel discussions.

Biennial Foundation has closely worked with the Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art on the program development of the Conference. Biennial Foundation would like to encourage all who are actively engaged in the making of contemporary art biennials to become a member of the IBA and join us there.


Thursday, 10th of July

Guided Tour 8th Berlin Biennale by Juan A. Gaitán (Curator, 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art) – IBA Members Only

Preview and Opening at the ifa Gallery Berlin: Moshekwa Langa: The Jealous Lover

Friday, 11th of July
Open to Public

Welcoming Address
Keynote Lecture: Why Biennial? Maria Hlavajova, Artistic Director, BAK basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht/Founding Artistic Director, Former West.

Panel Discussion: Biennial Writing – Re-assessing Art History

How do biennials as ephemeral exhibitions take their part in art history? What kinds of histories of the biennials are visible and readable? Is a new reading of art history based on perennial exhibitions possible? Are biennials as a format of the display of art exhausted or is it possible to think about different potentials?

Bruce Altshuler, Director, Museum Studies Program, New York University
Nicolas Bourriaud, Director, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts/Curator, Taipei Biennial 2014
Juan A. Gaitán, Curator, 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Moderation by Koyo Kouoh, Founding Director, RAW Material Company

Keynote Lecture: Why Associate?
Bartomeu Marí, President, International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art / Director, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Panel Discussion: Institutional Critique – How to be Self-Critical in Biennial Work

How can biennials serve as instruments to open up cultural debates? Can they encourage plurality of diverse opinions and support the right to freedom of artistic expression? How do international/local as well as sources of funding influence the decisions about biennials? Is it the right time to be self-critical and incorporate institutional critique into the current debates?

Galit Eilat, Co-Curator, 31st Bienal de São Paulo
Hedwig Fijen, Director, Manifesta – The European Biennial of Contemporary Art
Geeta Kapur, Art Critic and Curator
Ahmet Öğüt, Artist
Moderation by Bige Örer, Director, Istanbul Biennale

Saturday, 12th of July
IBA Members Only

Opening Word from Yongwoo Lee, Interim President
Introduction of Interim Board
IBA Report
Board and Executive Election
First IBA Board Meeting
Preview Launch of the World Biennial Forum No 2 at the ifa Gallery Berlin
Celebration Dinner IBA

Sunday, 13th of July
Visit the 8th Berlin Biennale
All Venues

Be part of the First IBA General Assembly

How? Become a member in the network of art professionals and take part in the General Assembly by applying directly through the IBA website www.biennialassociation.org or alternatively download an application form and submit it to the IBA Office.

The International Biennial Association (IBA) is a nonprofit arts association composed of institutions, individuals and associates from the Biennial community and arts-related industry; created to expand and share activities of curatorial, artistic creation and knowledge production through cooperation and exchange among biennials and other institutions.

Executive Board (Interim)
President- Yongwoo Lee (Gwangju Biennale)
Vice President- Bige Örer (Istanbul Biennial)
Vice President- Marieke van Hal (Biennial Foundation)

Board Members (Interim)
Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi (Sharjah Biennial)
Elke aus dem Moore (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Marah Braye (Biennale of Sydney)
Donna De Salvo (Whitney Biennial)
Patricia Druck (Mercosul Biennial)
Margarita González (Havana Biennial)
Gabriele Horn (Berlin Biennale)
Hong-Hee Kim (MediaCity Seoul)
Helena Kontova (Prague Biennale)
Patrick Mudekereza (Lubumbashi Biennale)
Eriko Osaka (Yokohama Triennale)
Mauro Petroni (Dakar Biennale)
Thierry Raspail (Lyon Biennale)
Alya Sebti (Marrakech Biennale)
Alia Swastika (Jogja Biennale)
Sally Tallant (Liverpool Biennial)
Tan Boon Hui (National Heritage Board, Singapore)
Zhang Qing (International Biennial Research Center, China)

*List above is in Alphabetical Order

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The conference during IBA’s General Assembly is organized by the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The conference and the General Assembly are hosted and generously supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).

In collaboration with ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and Biennial Foundation.

With the kind support of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Gwangju City, German Federal Foreign Office, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.