Saturday, April 5, 2008
The Berlin Bienalle #5 byline is Day & Night (Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours). Here is Night Look!
Morning press conference for Shanghai Bienalle 2008 whose theme is translated from the Chinese as Translocalmotion. A media wall of silence from Shanghai Art Museum Deputy Director about how recent events in tibet will influence artists and possibility of censure,the bankers no-disclosure of monies donated; seven figures was as close as we got,and no answer at all on total budget. Seemed a bit closed lipped and with an even smaller number of artists some of which will be commissions on the former site of the English race & polo grounds, one might add, a stiff upper lip.
Organizing Team include the Head of culture and information development at Goethe Institut, Munich, and curators - Dean of Utrecht Graduate School of Visual arts & Design,Holland & Artistic Director of K21 kunstsammulung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf. and Shanghai Art Museum Deputy Director.
Afternoon tour of SculpturenPark Berlin Zentrum. One of the few wide open fields left in the city centrum on former site of where the Berlin Wall stood. If there is a reason for the art being there it is to draw attention to the location and appreciate its openness as it is surrounded by new chrome steel low rise apartment buildings and will surely become a construction site in no time flat sharing the same fate as Rosa Rose a local community garden.
Night found us at Neue NationalGallerie slipping past the guards since the Bienalle is divided into various haves/have nots and one simply must have the right invite.. Wearing my black jacket with SECURITY blazoned across the back seems to have the right effect as i whiz past them altho no one notices the "NO"in pale blue chalk above the white letters.
Later the same strategy gained us entry into the VIP Party that was amass of smoke since the new laws banning smoking in bars ,etc. must be dealt with somehow...