Exploring the double meaning of the word apprehension, the fear or anxiety that something bad might happen and in the sense of comprehension.

Bucharest Biennale 6

Apprehension. Understanding Through Fear of Understanding

May 23 – July 24, 2014


Carlos Aires (ES)
Matei Arnăutu (RO)
Dan Beudean (RO)
Adrian Dan (RO)
Dromedar (NO)
Arantxa Etcheverria (FR/RO)
Filip Gilissen (BE)
Bjørn Erik Haugen (NO)
Jan Kaila (FI)
Cezar Lăzărescu & 1+1 (RO)
Raqs Media Collective (IN)
Marilena Preda-Sânc (RO)
Gabriel Stoian (RO)
Stephanie Syjuco (USA/PH)
János Sugár (HU)
Alejandro Vidal (ES)
Erwin Wurm (A)
Mihai Zgondoiu (RO)
Zoltán Béla (RO)


Gergő Horváth (b. 1993) is an artist, with a special interest in curatorial activity and cultural management. He studied music and is presently studying art with a special interest in makeshift politics and DIY social structures. Since 2012, he collaborated in various instances with Pavilion. Recently he was exhibited in the “Affluence of the working class from differentiation to collectivism” and curated “100 Hungarian Minutes”. He published several texts in different magazines. Currently he works and lives in Romania and is a Hungarian citizen.

Opening Day For Press and Professionals

May 22, 2014

Press conference @ Intercontinental Hotel, in the presence of the artists, the curator, the executive director and the founders.

On road performance by Cezar Lăzărescu & 1+1 (RO)

Gramatik of Fear
@University of Arts, Bucharest (str. Griviței nr. 28)

Free entrance.

A panel discussion on how fear and it’s component parts combine to form with Gergő Horváth (curator of BB6), Adrian Dan (artist), Erwin Wurm (artist), János Sugár (artist), Filip Gilissen (artist), Basia Cummings (writer, Frieze magazine), Jan Kaila (artist, professor at Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinky), Carlos Aires (artist), Liviana Dan (interimary director of MNAC). Moderated by Răzvan Ion & Eugen Rădescu (professors at University of Bucharest).

As archaic use of fear was defined as a mixed feeling of dread and reverence. Dread is today defined as great fear or apprehension. Reverence as deep respect for someone or something. There is a paradox in mainstream Christianity, for example, which is presented as a religion of love, but which alienates with its dogmas and backs up fears of the temporal world with threats of Hellfire to come. It is tyrannies not democracies which thrive on the politics of fear. At the same time tyrannies does not mean also violence. Means very respectful fear. A fear which you believe is good because will protect you from evil. Fear has a stronger biochemical component than some other emotions, and there is little to be done by reason if really strong fear takes hold.

The participants will explore the double meaning of the word apprehension, the fear or anxiety that something bad might happen and in the sense of comprehension.

13.00 – 19.00
Exhibition will be open for press and professionals

Accreditation only.

Live performance by Dromedar (NO) @ Control Club
(Str. Constantin Mille nr. 4)

Invitation only.

Grand Opening Party with DJ set by Bogman.
@Club Control powered by Reforma (www.re-forma.ro)

Invitation only.

Location / Venues

Each of the locations chosen for the BB6 are justified by their history, socio-political involvement, but also by the topographical location. Details on www.bucharestbiennale.org/venues.

All locations are open Tu – Su 13.00 – 18.00 hours.


PAVILION – journal for politics and culture will dedicate #17 to the biennial.

The journal/reader of BB6 can be ordered as a hard copy or downloaded for free as a PDF from www.pavilionjournal.org.

This can also can be directly purchased from the info-point of BUCHAREST BIENNALE 6.

Connected & Parallel Events

The Parallel Events are collateral events taking place in the same period as BB6. Our program aims to present a broader view of different aspects of the local cultural scene to the regional, national and international public.

Connected & Parallel Events program offers a communication platform for individual artists and interdisciplinary cultural producers who live and work in the region, as well as for local institutions, art organisations and other cultural events. For details please see www.bucharestbiennale.org/parallel-events, www.bucharestbiennale.org/connected-events or our www.fb.com/BucharestBiennial

Education and Mediation

Whatever your background or experience level with regard to contemporary art, heritage or art history, BB6 educational programs allows you to engage, participate in the dialogue and broaden your outlook. Join us, together with your friends, family or students, for one of our conversational tours and more.

If you are planning a visit to BB6 with your school, university, community organisation, company, museum association or any other group over 10 persons, then this is the place to be. Be sure to let us know in advance to organize for you a free guided tour. Based on your interests, age and background we will create a personalized program to fit your group.

If you are visiting BB6 by yourself or with a small group, please note that we have volunteers prepared to guide you in every venue. So just ask them for details.

Feel free to contact us for more information or with any requests. 

About Bucharest Biennale

BUCHAREST BIENNALE promotes awareness and dissemination of the culture, particularly in the fields of the arts, by means of exchanges and cultural cooperation within Europe and beyond and is looking for strategies that would develop mutual understanding and offer insights from different perspectives.

We assume the urge of a dialogue with the public, of a platform for artists as much as the need of reinventing new forms of artistic expression and encourage curators to make a large selection of artists who would represent best the European unity in diversity.

BB aims to resolve the twofold problems of tradition and modernity, past and present, localism and global village, it strives to attain a balanced status between its aesthetic/artistic quality and popularity by overcoming the feeling of estrangement that the general public has towards the contemporary arts.

BB is building a strong partnership between Bucharest – which is more than a city, it is a symbol of how political can be reflected in every aspect of life – and the Western Europe; it links to an universal problem – that does not take into consideration the geographical or historical context – the problem of resistance in daily life, of details and living as a way of living. BB is a structure able to transform the City itself into an ongoing workshop-cum-field of action.

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