Rafal Niemojewski

Changes at Biennial Foundation.

We have some exciting news that we would like to share with you!

Effective June 2015, Rafal Niemojewski succeeds Marieke van Hal as Director of Biennial Foundation.

Rafal Niemojewski is an experienced cultural producer based in New York. He earned his doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London on the proliferation of the contemporary biennial. He has an innate understanding of the field; its practice, theory and discourse. Rafal Niemojewski began working with Biennial Foundation in 2009 and joined the organization as Deputy Director in 2014.

With this new appointment there is also a strategic change of direction for Biennial Foundation.
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Biennial Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the book ‘Making Biennials in Contemporary Times’ on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Brazilian Pavilion in Venice.

Join us in Venice!

Biennial Foundation is pleased to announce the book launch of:

Making Biennials in Contemporary Times

As biennials have sought renewal of their formats, so their theorists and curators have sought to renew their histories, looking to other times and other places as inspiration for reimagining biennials past and present. (Anthony Gardner and Charles Green).

Friday, 8 May, 2015. 14:00h.

Giardini Castello, the Brazilian Pavilion, Venice

Editors: Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Charles Esche, Pablo Lafuente, Luiza Proença, Oren Sagiv, and Benjamin Seroussi.

Authors: Moacir dos Anjos, Ana Paula Cohen, Fabio Cypriano, Övül Durmusoglu, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Marina Fokidis, Anthony Gardner, Ana Gonçalves Magalhães, Charles Green, Cayo Honorato, Manuela Moscoso, Fernando Oliva, Peter Osborne, Daniel Rangel, Lucy Steeds, Anne Szefer Karlsen, David Teh.

Publishers: Biennial Foundation, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, ICCo – Instituto de Cultura Contemporânea.

The book is made in digital format and will be available free of charge online after the launch.

Image: Installation view of Juraci Dórea’s Projeto Terra (1981-1988), the Brazilian Pavilion at the 43rd Biennale di Venezia, 1988).

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Out Now and Available Online: Making Biennials in Contemporary Times – Essays from the World Biennial Forum No 2.

Read the essays of World Biennial Forum No 2.

Peter Osborne
Every other Year Is Always This Year – Contemporaneity and the Biennial Form

Anthony Gardner and Charles Green
South as Method? Biennials Past and Present

Lucy Steeds
Biennial Exhibition Histories, Against the Grain: Juraci Dórea’s Projeto Terra in São Paulo, Venice and Havana

Fernando Oliva
Censorship, Resistance and Reenactment: Bienal da Bahia, 46 Years Later

David Teh
Currencies of the Contemporary: Biennials and the International in Southeast Asia

Manuela Moscoso
What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Anne Szefer Karlsen
An Institution Already First Time Around

Moacir dos Anjos
Between Local and Global, Minor as Possible Resistance

Marina Fokidis

Fabio Cypriano
How to Escape Formal Representations with Artists-Activists

Elvira Dyangani Ose
For Whom Are Biennials Organised?

Övül Durmusoglu
Please Play? Politics of Public Intimacy (in Istanbul)

Ana Gonçalves Magalhães
Education for Contemporary Art in the Context of the Bienal de São Paulo

Cayo Honorato
Unrepentant Populism

Ana Paula Cohen
Post-Colonial or Neo-Colonialism?

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World Biennial Forum No 2 – Recordings of the lectures and talks available for the wider audience.

The World Biennial Forum No 2: online

The World Biennial Forum No 2 can now be viewed online. The Forum took place from November 26 – 30, 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Taking the idea of the Global South as a starting point, the World Biennial Forum No 2 looked at how this geography shapes the current condition of world biennials.

Watch the recordings of the lectures and talks of the World Biennial Forum No 2.

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In the series of Biennial Foundation Talks: “Who Funds the Arts and Why we Should Care”, a professional meeting conceived and convened by Biennial Foundation at the upcoming ARCOmadrid, 2015.

Who Funds the Arts and Why we Should Care.

A professional meeting conceived and convened by Biennial Foundation at the upcoming ARCOmadrid, taking place from 25 February – 1 March, 2015.

Date: Saturday 28 February 2015.
Time: 4 pm.

The recent editions of some of the major contemporary art biennials were marked by serious dilemmas and conflicts leading to breaking, or at least weakening, the relations between their various stakeholders: publics, artists, curators, organizers, commissioners and/or sponsors. These events urge us to reconsider how we think about biennials.

This discussion aims to provide an opportunity for international colleagues to talk about the difficulties and realities in the making of biennials internationally. It will focus especially on issues of funding, questioning what effects financial resources have on supposedly independent curatorial and artistic narratives of major cultural events.


Olga Hatzidaki – Moderator – Curator Biennial Foundation, Athens.

Rachel Spence – Art Critic Financial Times – Author of ‘Who funds the arts and why we should care’.

Khalil Rabah – artist, founder of the Riwaq Biennale in Palestine – Challenging what a biennial can be.

Galit Eilat – co-curator of the 31st Bienal de São Paulo – How to …….. fund biennials? Assessing the 31st Bienal.

Maria Papadimitriou – artist, representing Greece at the 56th Venice Biennale – towards the Greek pavilion.

Koyo Kouoh– curator, director Raw Material Company, Dakar – on funding African biennials and art events, the relation to the West.

Alevtina Kakhidze – artist from Ukraine – the politics of participation, Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg.

Annette Kulenkampff – CEO documenta – on learning from Athens.

Marieke van Hal – Moderator – Director Biennial Foundation, Berlin.

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