The Athens Biennale
The Athens Biennale is an international cultural event held every two years in Athens, consisting of a large-scale exhibition and a diverse program of side events, such as performances, workshops, lectures etc. It is one of the largest international art events of contemporary culture in Greece and it has been acknowledged as one of the important cultural initiatives in Europe by the European Cultural Foundation (2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture).
The Athens Biennale functions as an observatory of collective issues and as a platform for the designation of the contemporary culture of the Athenian metropolis, promoting experimental formats and various curatorial approaches as well as connecting the local artistic production with the international art scene of contemporary art.
It is organised by the Athens Biennial Non-Profit Organization, which was co- founded by Xenia Kaplaktsoglou, Poka-Yio, and Augustine Zenakos in November 2005.
Until now it has presented six editions: AB1 DESTROY ATHENS (2007), AB2 HEAVEN (2009), AB3 MONODROME (2011), AB4 AGORA (2013), AB5to6 OMONOIA (June 2015 – February 2017) and AB6 ANTI (2018).
The Athens Biennale emerged from the intense cultural activity that makes Athens one of the most interesting places for contemporary art. It aims to be an agent of constant change and innovation, to provide a context for creativity and dialogue. It intends to function as a wide platform for critical engagement and local artistic production. Lastly, it functions as a forum for exchange with the international scene.