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Since its founding in 1996, the Berlin Biennale has become one of the most important international forums for contemporary art. Each edition brings together the most influential current positions of artists, theorists, and practitioners from a variety of fields in one of the most culturally progressive cities in Europe.


The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art takes place every two years at varying locations in Berlin and is defined by the differing concepts of its renowned curators. It promotes experimental formats and provides the appointed curators the space and freedom to present the latest relevant and challenging positions independent of the art market and collection interests. Participation in the exhibition has contributed to numerous young artists achieving international status.


The first Berlin Biennale was founded on the initiative of Eberhard Mayntz and Klaus Biesenbach – founding director of the Kunst-Werke Berlin. The Berlin Biennale is organized by KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V.


Since 2004, it has been funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) as one of its “cultural institutions of excellence,” recognizing its nation-wide importance and international reputation and thus awarding it a top-quality designation in the field of public funding. The support of the German Federal Cultural Foundation gives the Berlin Biennale a high degree of autonomy, and thus great potential for development.


The Berlin Biennale has viewed itself as a “glocal” event since its first edition. The artistic and curatorial positions articulate cultural issues and trends that are prominent and significant internationally at the respective point in time. How these tendencies and developments impact Berlin serves as an important focus of the investigations. Accordingly, the Berlin Biennale appeals to Berliners and international audiences alike, providing the city a cultural highlight every two years.


The Berlin Biennale was founded in 1996.More >


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1st Berlin Biennale