5th berlin biennial for Contemporary Art 2008

Funded as a cultural institution of excellence


The 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art, curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic, took place from April 5 to June 15, 2008 and featured daytime and evening events. During the day exhibition-goers were able to view artistic works and projects - including a number of new productions - at three main exhibition venues: the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the New National Gallery and the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. At the Schinkel Pavilion, artists curated rotating exhibitions of rather unknown historic figures from the fields of art, architecture and design.

At night visitors attended a variety of other events, such as lectures, discussions, performances, concerts, workshops, movie showings and video presentations at widely diverse venues all over the city.

In contrast to conventional exhibitions, the biennial's "day and night" concept provided artists and thinkers in all fields of art the opportunity to present their works without the usual restrictions of space and time. The evening events corresponded to the daytime exhibition and allowed the participants to experiment and improvise, resulting in new works or the revision of existing pieces.

With the daytime exhibitions and 62 evenings of unconventional events, exhibition-goers experienced a wide variety of art forms, extraordinary venues and fascinating stories about Berlin.

The 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art was organized by the KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
Curators: Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic
Director: Gabriele Horn


KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Auguststr. 69

10117 Berlin