The 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is held till September 18th, curated by DIS:. The slogan is “The Present in Drag”.
It seeks to materialize the paradoxes that increasingly make up the world in 2016: the virtual as the real, nations as brands, people as data, culture as capital, wellness as politics, happiness as GDP, and so on.
The Berlin Biennale is not in a position to occupy “abandoned” spaces, acting as a would-be primer for private acquisition, yet it is also unable to wash over the city like the cultural force of a new product release. But recasting a relationship in which the city makes the biennial but the biennial also returns to refresh the cultural capital in its image, the 9th Berlin Biennale aims to shape-shift across multiple sites, each one releasing a whiff of contemporary “paradessence” (paradox + essence).
9th Berlin Biennale
Date: June 4th – September 18th, 2016
Place: Akademie der Künste (Pariser Platz 4), ESMT European School of Management and Technology (Schlossplatz 1), The Feuerle Collection (Hallesches Ufer 70), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Auguststraße 69)
Tel: +49 (0)3 0243 4590
Admission: 26 Euros
Text: Aya Shomura