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Exhibition 96 1 English  Nederlands

Amsterdam Biennale 2009

Because it wasn't here before...

The Amsterdam Biennale 2009 presented the contemporary art scene from all over the world. More than thirty international curators from the Mediamatic network provided their view of art in their city.

The Biennale was a project in progress that started on the 16th of October 2009. On the 12th of December we celebrated the completion of all the pavilions. Until the 3rd of January 2010 there were 37 pavilions on show: Kabul, Napels, Amsterdam 1, Melbourne, Belgrado, Damascus, Munich, Boston, Cairo, Tallinn, Amsterdam 2, Lima 1, Lima 2, Stuttgart, Portland, Kobe, Beirut, Istanbul, Casablanca, Seoul, Bogota, Tokyo, Leeds, Toronto, St. Petersburg, Tehran, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam 3, Bamako, Taipeh, Brooklyn 1, Brooklyn 2, Rome, Copenhagen, Milan, Porto Alegre and Nicosia.

An overview of all contributing curators and artists can be found here and an overview of pictures taken at the biennale can be found here.
Have a look all the openings in our calendar.

Mediamatic Travel

The Amsterdam Biennale is part of Mediamatic Travel. This project consists of the Amsterdam Biennale 2009, a do-it-yourself travel network of local experts in over 50 countries, the website travel.mediamatic.net and the travel catalogue Destinations 2010.

Mediamatic Travel particularly focuses on places that are known for their wars, pyramids, hunger or cheese. We’ll show you that there is vital contemporary art to be found in Damascus, Detroit or Dakar, and we offer the right entrances for you to get acquainted.

Travel website and catalogue

All over the world there is contemporary art and there are artists who would like to share their art with you. Mediamatic Travel is an open network of creative people in over 50 cities around the world. From Lima to Nairobi, and from Kiev to Kabul, these local experts will introduce you to their personal network and the local galleries, studios, festivals, fashion shows, music scene, art projects and more. No ready-made trips to timeworn destinations, but a do-it-yourself travel network to explore unknown places.

In the travel catalogue Destinations 2010 (56 full-colour pages, in Dutch), over 20 local experts introduce the project. At the Travel website travellers can make contact with these local experts, and they can find tips and information on many more destinations. The Travel website is intended to be an open network in which more and more local experts and travellers can take part. It was launched on 16th October 2009.

Exhibition Team

Anne Baan Hofman, Alice Bodansky, Martin Butler, Marjolijn Leijtens, Thomas van Lier, Lucy Luxton, Mhairi Macfarlane, Eline Muris, Katja Novitskova, Jans Possel, Liene Rubane, Willem Velthoven, Machiel Veltkamp, Femke Vos, Marco Wessel

Thank you

Mondriaan Foundation, Hivos/NCDO, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Mediamatic Travel is a cooperation between Mediamatic and Partizan Publik

  • Maultauschen Scenery - 

    Stuttgart pavilion. Stuttgart's pavilion is created by German artists Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley. The local speciality of ‘Maultasche’ figures as a symbol for the stereotypes that outsiders have of the city (the 'hidden mentality'). You can see pictures and make your own Maultaschen in the gallery.

  • Een Ogenblik Geduld - 

    Taken at Bogota Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009

  • Robot detail Joe Franscheschi - 

    Rome pavilion. Roman artists Joe Francheschi and Stefano Monfeli  present  the  specially commissioned sculpture "Robot Romanus". A monstrous thought provoking  work that combines 50's robot style with classically Roman iconography. A cultural and historical  clash as much as  Rome is itself.

  • Posters Lima paviljoen - 

    Lima pavilion. Peruvian curator Eliana Otto shows the work of  Juan Javier Salazar, Rodrigo Quijano and Japanese artist Ann Kaneko in her Lima pavilion. Set up as a newspaper kiosk, the  colorful drawings, newspaper prints and portraits of presidents hang outside. Inside a selection of Andean hand made finger puppets lay on the ground in stark contrast to the movie about the 15 years under the Fujimori dictatorship.

  • Having fun in Kabul - 

    Kabul pavilion. Middle Eastern expert Robert Kluijver's pavilion  is a personalised experience of his time living and working in Afghanistan.  The Kabul pavilion explores  the areas in the center of Kabul that have progressively been cordoned off from normal access by Afghans to form a kind of Green Zone, where foreign nationals and high-level Afghan returnees can feel secure. The Kabul pavilion  looks at the experiences that these international zones, and the opposing "local" zones offer, ranging from the Taliban to  new young Afghan pop idols.

  • Beirut peephole - 

    Beirut pavilion. The Beirut Pavilion by Rani al Rajji is an inpenetrable cube with peepholes on all sides. Look in and you will see glimpses of every day life in Beirut. The pavilion plays with Western expectations of Lebanon and demonstrates that you won't get to know the real Beirut until you look inside.

  • Temporary Services Newspaper - 

    Brooklyn pavilion. Curator Caroline Woolard has organized a one-off newspaper, focusing on art labor and economics in the United States for  the Brooklyn Pavilion.  A collection of these  newspapers  lay on the ground for  you to take home, to share or just to read here.

  • Betelnut Beauty detail - 

    Taipei pavilion. Kai Ting Ling, Tsai Cheng and XAN  have recreated  the unique Taiwanese experience of the "betelnut bar" phenomenon for the Amsterdam Biennale.

  • Tallinn's printed works - 

    Tallinn. The Tallinn pavilion  curated by Magrit Sade is a wooden stand with 20 different packs of A4 sheets attached to it with office ring binders. Visitors can open the binders, make a magazine from the sheets they like, bind it and take it home. Each pack contains a unique work by one of 20  young Estonian artists and designers.

  • The Sis publication Dina Danish - 

    Taipei paviljoen. Het Cairo paviljoen van Nat Muller toont het werk 'Manuals for failure' van Dina Danish. 'Manuals for failure' biedt 4 onderdelen die op humoristische en herhalende wijze de afwijzing van definitie en gefixeerdheid uitdrukken. Deze performatieve acties, opgenomen op video of uitgewerkt in een boek, omlijsten de kunstenaar in zelf georganiseerde situaties die geleid worden door onmogelijke regels of eisen waar niet aan voldaan kan worden.

  • Munich traditions - 

    Munchen paviljoen. Het Munchen paviljoen is georganiseerd door de Duitse kunstenaar Sascha Glasl. Hij verzamelt verhalen in dozen. Bezoekers kunnen een object achterlaten dat hen herinnert aan Duitsland, waardoor een grote verzameling ontstaat van persoonlijke verhalen.

  • Toronto interior - 

    Toronto paviljoen. De Canadese kunstenaar Kyle Tryhorn heeft een aantal jonge opkomende kunstenaars uit de kunstscene van Toronto opdracht gegeven om de serie "Take Home" posters te maken. In zijn paviljoen worden ze bij een knapperend haardvuurtje getoond.

  • Sabine Delafon Corporation - 

    Milan paviljoen. In het paviljoen van Sabine Delafon wordt haar SDC project getoond; met gouden medaillons, kaarten, t-shirts, linten, fanbzines, postzegels. Alles wat je nodig hebt om lid te worden van de Sabine Delafon Corporation.

  • Towards Casablanca - 

    Casablanca paviljoen. Het paviljoen van Casablanca, door curator Aicha el Beloui, brengt chaotische, met elkaar botsende, beelden samen in een rijke fotocollage van het dagelijks leven in de stad.

  • Proposal by Claudia Zanatta - 

    Porto Alegre paviljoen. In het paviljoen van Daniele Marx en Marcos Sari 'Through a Hidden City' worden utopische ideeën over de Braziliaanse stad ontkracht. Met een serie ansichtkaarten, 'prototypes' die tot een dialoog moeten leiden en het vooruitzicht om het paviljoen na afloop van de Biennale onder de Azenha brug in Porto Alegre te plaatsen, als een woning voor de daklozen.

  • Dangling street culture - 

    Seoul paviljoen. Het paviljoen van Jihyun Ryou, David Artuffo, en Seoungeun Jung is een installatie over de cultuur van straatvoedsel in Seoul. Karakteristieke borden, posters, elektrische draden, eten en culinaire gebruiksvoorwerpen hangen in de ruimte op straatniveau.

  • Aynouk Tan's Amsterdam Pavilion - 

    Amsterdam paviljoen Fashion. Mode icoon en -editor Aynouk Tan presenteert haar persoonlijke parfumlijn in haar eigen paviljoen. Aynouk Tan's "Nº 1", "Nº2" en "Nº3" zijn exclusief bij de Amsterdam Biennale te verkrijgen.

  • Portland Publications - 

    Portland paviljoen. Veertig kunstenaars en schrijvers maakten een boek dat door de Publication Studio van Matthew Stadler werd uitgegeven. De boeken zijn opgesteld in het Portland paviljoen en kunnen 'on demand' worden gedrukt.

  • Reconnecting Naples - Archis publication - 

    Napels paviljoen. De Napoletaanse curator en journaliste Diana Marrone heeft een aantal werken van kunstenaars Danilo Capasso, Alessandro Cimmino, Roberto Paci Dalo, Marco Zezza en N.E.S.T. geselecteerd. In het paviljoen staat het Napels van nu centraal en krijgen minder bekende mensen een stem: kunstenaars die de grenzen van het leven in Napels verkennen, op zoek naar die kleine momentjes van vrede die zo moeilijk te vinden zijn in de drukke stad.

  • "Give Up" by Nickie Wynnychuck - 

    Melbourne paviljoen. De jonge curator en onderzoeker Helen Grogan presenteert het werk van Sean Bailey, Courtney Lucas en Nicki Wynnchuck. Alle drie deze up-and-coming kunstenaars werken in de Northside van Melbourne.

  • Boston Pavilion - 

    Boston pavilion. The Boston based new media artists, Eric Gunther, Andras Sly Szalai and Jeff Lieberman showcase their latest work, "FriendSlicer', developed during Hacker Camp 2009. "FriendSlicer" lets you become a central part of a music video that stars you and your friends, simply by making some noises. Your sounds are recorded, and your network of friends is searched to find others who have also entered their own sounds. These samples are cut together to form a totally unique music video clip.

  • Map of Peru - 

    Lima pavilion. Peruvian curator Eliana Otto shows the work of Juan Javier Salazar, Rodrigo Quijano and Japanese artist Ann Kaneko in her Lima pavilion. Set up as a newspaper kiosk, the colorful drawings, newspaper prints and portraits of presidents hang outside. Inside a selection of Andean hand made finger puppets lay on the ground in stark contrast to the movie about the 15 years under the Fujimori dictatorship.

  • City Map of CPH TLK - 

    Copenhagen pavilion. Erik Pold, performer and director from Copenhagen has put together a unique Talkshow for the Amsterdam Biennale, exploring the highlights and lowlifes of this great Danish Capital.

  • Drinken van het Amsterdamse architectuur paviljoen - 

    Amsterdam architecture pavilion. Amsterdam's DUS architecture bureau have created a  pavilion only from red wine tetra packs. Come and enjoy a drink in our  contemporary Dutch bacchanalian temple.

  • KING KONG KOBRA rocks out at Equinox Pavilion - 

    Equinox pavilion. Femke Dekker curated the music pavilion of Amsterdam Biennale. Every week different bands or dj's performed in a broad range from the rocking King Kong Kobra to electronic odes of Stellar OM.

  • Een postkaart zenden naar een kunstenaar in Belgrado - 

    Belgrade pavilion. Especially for the Amsterdam Biennale,  Isidora Krstic has created an interactive art  post office. She  invited  12 Belgrade artists to create  a unique postcard for the exhibition offering their view on the city. You can come along and take a postcard but in return you have to send  one back to them.  

  • A look into the Kobe pavilion - 

    Kobe pavilion. Curator Paul Lefevre-Venet made a snow white pavilion with a video inside which shows interviews and studio visits, expressing the "city stories" from Kobe.

  • Foto's van Istanbul - 

    Istanbul pavilion. Turkish artist Suat Ogul, trained as a sculptor, didn't want the cube-form for his pavilion. Instead he made a construction with which he is able to show 3 video's, a sound system and a set of pictures of the city.

  • Artwork in the Damascus pavilion - 

    Damascus pavilion. The Damascus pavilion is a conceptual installation about the stereotypes that people from the West have of Arabs. The sisters Abir and Nisrine Boukhari put Syrian newspapers on the ground with shouting headlines about acts of terrorism and hang fashion items on the wall which play with the stereotypes, such as a pink sparkling belt that refers to the terrorist belt with bombs.

  • In the St. Petersburg pavilion - 

    St. Petersburg pavilion. Inspired by Russian's rich cultural tradition and the appearance of new generations of female artists, Olga Jitlina and Katja Sokalova from St. Petersburg created a temple for the male muse. With a sculpture and a video.

  • Pink interior of the Rio de Janeiro pavilion - 

    Rio de Janeiro. Curator Pedro Meyer made a painting-installation in Mediamatic's toilet with a naked transvestite on the door and pink illustrations on the walls inside. Come to the toilet and have a look!

  • Some components of the Bamako pavilion - 

    Bamako pavilion. The curator of the Bamako pavilion, Hama Goro, created a vertical construction of several boxes with which he shows videos from compatriots, pictures and authentic Malinese objects such as music instruments.

  • Tokyo Pavilion inside and out - 

    Tokyo pavilion. In the Tokyo pavilion artist/curator Reona Ueda, and photographers Ikunori Yamamoto and Yusuke Murata have worked together. Inside a video shows portraits of locals and their everyday life in 'delirious Tokyo'. Outside a long list of comments about the city, collected online, are displayed Together they expose the air of Tokyo.

  • Pingpong in het Leeds paviljoen - 

    Leeds pavilion. In the Leeds pavilion interaction is the key word. Do you want to play table tennis, drink the 'bloody mary' cocktail or see the film by German artists Gundun Kattke&Silvia Leibig? Then go to the Leeds pavilion and get an impression of what the East Street Arts does.

  • Artwork on the Skin of Tehran Pavilion - 

    Tehran pavilion. 'I Know What You Did Last Biennale' by Sina Khani critiques the boring Iranian art that circulates at biennials around the world. Khani wants everyone to know that there is fresh and groundbreaking art coming out of Iran. His pavilion is the one and only inflatable pavilion in the Amsterdam Biennale.

  • Sound Tapping Machine by Antonis Antoniou - 

    Nicosia pavilion. Curators of the Nicosia pavilion are Alana Kakoyiannis, Achilleas Kentonis, Maria Papacharalambous and Antonis Antoniou. The effects of climate change are of central concern to them. An interactive sound installation by Antonis Antoniou makes it possible to create your own composition from audio samples.

Contributions 
Comments (1)

Forgot artist name

Cheers for this great post on the biennal! Thanks to this I got to see some awesome art from home (Peru) from afar.

However, you guys forgot to put A peruvian artist´s name: Santiago Quintanilla.

His work are all of the newspaper prints hanging on the kiosk in Eliana Otta´s pavillion.

Keep up the good work and thnx for sharing!

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23 Feb 2010,2:57
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