Tuesday 30 June 2015
The Athens Biennale, constantly intuitive towards the institution of biennales, revises its identity by extending its duration to two years. Bridging the past to the present and the future, the fifth edition of the Biennale (2015) merges with the sixth (2017). The Athens Biennale 2015-2017, a daring and experimental endeavor launches its activities in June 2015 and peaks in June 2017 with the opening of documenta 14.
The Athens Biennale 2015-2017: «OMONOIA» builds on the successful fourth edition of (AGORA) 2013 forming a curatorial team consisting of social philosophers, political thinkers, art theorists, curators and artists. The Athens Biennale 2015-2017 arises as a reaction to the current political and social conditions and a need to activate the public through art and contemporary theoretical viewpoints.
The Athens Biennale’s 2015-2017: «OMONOIA» launches a two-year period of activities that will run from June 2015 through the summer of 2017, in various venues across the Athens center, and, more specifically, at Omonoia square. The aim of this two-year period and the collaboration with the Municipality of Athens is the discovery of a permanent location for the organization’s parternships, from which point the activities of Athens Biennale 2015-2017 will take place.
The creation of a cultural centre in a period of crisis and cultural reconstruction led the Athens Biennale 2015-2017 to Omonoia square and the selection of the former hotel Bageion as the symbolic starting point for the unfolding of the artistic program.