Berlin Biennale
Stamp your Passport at Checkpoint Charlie

The 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art would like to bring attention to the forthcoming action by Ramallah based artist Khaled Jarrar in Berlin. The 7th Berlin Biennale follows the artist’s activities and supports his project. We sympathize with the action and highly recommend the links below for further information.

July 18 and 19, 2011, from 11 am to 4 pm
Checkpoint Charlie, Kochstr. 15, 10696 Berlin


Khaled Jarrar’s facebook page „Live and work in Palestine“

The Berlin event on facebook

Report by Reuters on Khaled Jarrar’s project

Writer Alison Avigayil Ramer on the project

CNN on the project

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Become a Volunteer at the 7th Berlin Biennale!
Start: as soon as possible
Duration: app. 2 – 6 weeks


- You will assist in preparing and administrating artistic research material.
- Workspace will be provided at the artistic office of the Berlin Biennale.
- You should have curiosity and enthusiasm for international artistic developments and a strong interest in the international contemporary scene of art and culture.
- You must hiold a good command of the German and English language (oral and written).
- You must have Software skills (Microsoft Office, Word and Excel, Internet).

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The dates of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
The 7th Berlin Biennale takes place from April 28 to July 1, 2012.
Artist Talk with Artur Zmijewski
Trembling Bodies / Körper in Aufruhr
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 8 pm

Book launch, exhibition and artist talk in English with Joanna Rajkowska, Stanislaw Ruksza and Artur Żmijewski

Zimmerstr. 90/ 91, 10117 Berlin

On the occasion of the publication of Artur Żmijewski’s interview book Drżące ciała (Trembling Bodies / Körper in Aufruhr, in German) and parallel to the Berlin international film festival, the daadgalerie will be showing the film works and documentations of the performance, photography, and film art in Poland from the 1990s till the present.
Open Call ended
The deadline for the 7th Berlin Biennale Open Call ended on January 15, 2011.

We would like to thank all artists who submitted their material. Please excuse that we are not able to send out confirmations immediately due to the overwhelming response. As soon as we have examined the material we will inform you and may re-ask. Thank you very much for your understanding and patience.

Symposium with Artur Zmijewski
Art: What is the Use?

Friday January 14, 2011, 11 am to 6 pm
– sold out –

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London

How subversive is the social uselessness of art? How could art play a more directly functional role in culture? Dean Kenning and Gavin Grindon challenge the idea that art should be allowed to take critical positions safe from any real intervention. Participants include Gail Day, James Marriot & Jane Trowell (PLATFORM) Peter Osborne, John Roberts, Dmitry Vilensky (Chto Delat), Marina Vishmidt, Stephen Wright and Artur Żmijewski.

Artur Żmijewski will speak about "How We Can Really Use Art; and Problems Which We Have With It".

Further information can be found HERE .
Open Call










Image: Hiwa K

Within the framework of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in 2012, curated by Artur Żmijewski, artists from all over the world are requested to send in their artist material for a research investigation, following the conditions below.

We accept artistic material in hard copy formats not bigger than A3 (297 x 420 mm or 11.69 x 16.54 in.), printed images, digital data, as well as DVDs.
PDFs in A4 (297 mm x 210 mm or 11.7 x 8.3 inches) or fax will also be accepted.
Please do not send any original artworks.
We welcome all possible languages of your artistic comments and explanations. However there should equally be an English version.

As the research also focuses on the question whether artists consider themselves to be political, please inform us about your political inclination (e.g. rightist, leftist, liberal, nationalist, anarchist, feminist, masculinist, or whatever you identify yourself with) or whether you are not interested in politics at all.

Please send your artistic statement or presentation as a hardcopy via regular mail, via e-mail or fax to the following address or number before January 15, 2011:

Berlin Biennale
– Open Call –
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststr. 69
10117 Berlin/Germany

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This open call is not guarantying that you will be invited to take part in the 7th Berlin Biennale. Please be aware that your submission might be used and published within its framework. Please also consider that the 7th Berlin Biennale is not able to send back any received material, but that everything will be integrated into the public research archive of the Berlin Biennale.

A short explanation by Artur Żmijewski can be found HERE .

You can download this open call in different languages:
Arabic, Chinese, German, English, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Public Talk with Artur Zmijewski
Monday, October 11, 2010, 7 pm
Artur Żmijewski in conversation with Pierre Bal-Blanc, Director of CAC Brétigny
Including a screening of Them / Sie (2007)

9 Esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet
75013 Paris, France

The conversation will adress Żmijewski’s text Applied Social Arts published in 2007 in the polish magazine Krytyka Poltyczna.

“Does contemporary art have any visible social impact? Can the effects of an artist’s work be seen and verified? Does art have any political significance – besides serving as a whipping boy for various populists? Is it possible to engage in a discussion with art – and is it worth doing so? Most of all, why are questions of this kind viewed as a blow against the very essence of art?”

The conversation will be held in English.

Presented in the framework of “12 Gestures”, a seminar organized by Kadist Art Foundation and Bétonsalon

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Artur Zmijewski appointed curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale
KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is pleased to announce that Artur Żmijewski has been appointed curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.

Visual artist Artur Żmijewski, born in 1966 in Warsaw (Poland), works almost exclusively with the media of photography and film. He is particularly interested in the power of art and its relation to politics. From an almost anthropological viewpoint he investigates social norms, morality and representations of power in today’s society and the effects that art have on it. Żmijewski studied in the sculpture class of Professor Grzegorz Kowalski at the Warsaw Art Academy from 1990 to 1995 as well as at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1999. His work has been internationally shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2005 he represented Poland at the 51st Art Biennale in Venice. He is member of the Polish political movement “Krytyka Polityczna” and the art director of the magazine of the same name. Żmijewski lives and works in Warsaw.
7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
The 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will take place in early 2012.

Kunstwerke Berlin

Kulturstiftung des Bundes

The Berlin Biennale is organized by
KW Institute for Contemporary Art and funded
by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.