7th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

Group show
Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (GR)

Athina Ioannou


The 7th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, organized by the Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (MOMus) will open in Thessaloniki (Greece) on October 5, 2019 and will take place until mid February 2020 in several venues of the city, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Experimental Center for the Arts, the Museum of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art in Thessaloniki, along with the Museum Alex Mylona in Athens. The Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, which was first introduced to the public in June of 2007, is operating under a new structure, with updated goals and an emphasis on a collaborative curatorial scheme. Three key innovations characterize the institution that has completed 12 years of uninterrupted presence in visual arts and has managed to win both audiences across borders and establish itself in international reality. Primarily this year’s event is the first Biennale of Contemporary Art organized by the newly established Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts Museum – MOMus. Secondly, the 7th Contemporary Art Biennale does not propose a specific topic, but a new way of viewing and examining contemporary art, with a critical distance. And thirdly, it is no longer limited to Thessaloniki, but also extends to Athens, where part of it will be hosted at the MOMus-Alex Mylona Museum.

The Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Biennale is co-funded by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). Under the title Stasis the 7th Thessaloniki Biennale aspires to serve as a field for redefining values and priorities, more likely to happen if one sees things from a critical distance. It suggests a historical overview of the self, the world and life, through artistic standpoints and creations. With question marks or excitement, with resistances or reversals, with poetry or realism, with imagination or criticism of reality, with research or imagination, artists look for alternate points of view of the past, present and future, and somehow reconstruct.

The Thessaloniki Biennale’s proposal for Stasis involves pausing for reflection, detachment, silence not for the sake of complacency and isolation, but in order to pick a standpoint, get actively involved and join voices, in order to chart courses that require effort, thought and consistency. For Stasis to become a requirement of picking a standpoint, the contemporary must be placed in the field of the questions of history and discourse, in the arena of conflict and ideological struggle.


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