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Dates happen: 23/06/2015 ... 30/09/2015

Press Release


June 23September 30, 2015

General title: “Old Intersections-Make it New III”

Opening: Tuesday June 23, 2015, 20:00, Pavilion 6 (Leof Stratou Av. & 3rd Septemvriou St, TIF-HELEXPO premises)


The Mediterranean region lies at the core of the main and parallel programme of the forthcoming 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, which will be held from June 23 until September 30, 2015, in Thessaloniki, as the last segment of a three part program which began in 2011, under the general title “Old Intersections-Make it New”.

The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is funded by the Operational Program Macedonia-Thrace 2007-2013, co-financed by the European Union  (European Regional Development Fund) and Greece, it is administered and organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki. General Director of the Biennale is Katerina Koskina.

The Biennale will be inaugurated on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 20:00, at the Pavilion 6 (Leof Stratou & 3rd Septemvriou St, TIF-HELEXPO premises).



MAIN PROGRAMME (in detail)




_ “Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will”

44 artists and one artists’ collective group from 25 countries all around the world, will exhibit their artworks, including existing works as well as several new productions commissioned for the occasion by the Biennale.


Duration: 23.06 - 30.09.2015

Venue: Pavilion 6 (Leof. Stratou Ave. & 3 Septemvriou St, TIF-HELEXPO premises) Curator: Katerina Gregos, Art Historian - Independent Curator

Participating artists: Carlos Aires (ES), Can Altay & Jeremiah Day (TR/US), Ivan Argote (CO), Marwa Arsanios (US), Bertille Bak (FR), Taysir Batniji (PS), James Beckett (ZA/NL), Adelita Husni Bey (IT), David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin (BE/LU), Marianna Christofides (CY), Depression Era (GR), Ninar Esber (LB), Mounir Fatmi (MA), Peter Friedl (AT), Mekhitar Garabedian (SY/BE), Ganzeer (EG), Marina Gioti (GR), Piero Gilardi (IT), Hamza Halloubi (MA), Nick Hannes (BE), Sven Johne (DE), Annika Kahrs (DE), Eleni Kamma (GR), Hayv Kahraman (IQ), Mikhail Karikis (GR), Chrysanthi Koumianaki (GR), Erik Van Lieshout (NL), Thomas Locher (DE), Angela Melitopoulos & Angela Anderson (DE/US), Tom Molloy (IE), Nikos Navridis (GR), Qiu Zhijie (CN), Pavel Pepperstein (RU), Antonis Pittas (GR), Theo Prodromidis (GR), Meriç Algün Ringborg (TR), Anila Rubiku (AL), Marinella Senatore (IT), Nedko Solakov (BG), Nikos Tranos (GR), Thomas Weinberger (DE), Olav Westphalen (DE)



B) EXHIBITIONS (in chronological order)


_ “Earths enduring gifts

The exhibition examines the timeless gifts of the Greek biodiversity from ancient times until today. The connection between man and nature throughout Greece are presented through the artistic creations and the eating habits of the people, who lived on the Greek mainland and the Aegean, and are displayed by historical examples deriving from ancient Macedonia and prehistoric Thera, in order to reach the modern scientific research on Greek biodiversity and its prospects.


Duration: 18.05 - 30.09.2015

Location: Teloglion Foundation of Art, AUTH

Curators: Panagiotis Kourniakos, Christina Tsagkalia

Collaborating Institutions: Teloglion Foundation of Art, AUTH, Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai, Archaeological Museum of Veria, Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) of the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Archaeological Museum of Pella, Museum of Casts and Antiquities, AUTH, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Wine Museum Gerovassiliou, Loulis Museum, Information Technologies Institute (ITI) of CERTH



_ “Kazimir Malevich and his students. 100 years after the Black Square. Russian avant garde works from the Costakis collection of the SMCA” 

Taking as its point of departure the 100th anniversary of the creation of Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square”, the most emblematic artwork in the history of the Russian avant garde movement, and the appearance of Suprematism, the State Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits artworks and archival material from the Costakis collection, which refer to the historic "Last Futurist Exhibition 0,10", Suprematism itself, Malevich’s students and the educational role of the artist.


Duration: 19.05 - 10.10.2015

Venue: State Museum of Contemporary Art

Curator: Maria Tsantsanoglou, Art Historian, Director of the State Museum of Contemporary Art



_ Ident-alter-ity

Exhibition on the issue of gender and self-determination.

Participating artists: Lynda Benglis (USA), Ursula Biemann (CH), Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz (CH-DE / DE), Marianne Darlen Solhaugstrand (NO), Yevgeniy Fiks (RU / USA), Kostis Fokas (GR / UK, Hector de Gregorio (UK), Igor Grubic (HR), David Hockney (UK), Deborah Kelly & Tina Fiveash (AU), Majida Khattari (MA/FR), Carlos Motta (CO / USA), Slava Mogutin (RU/USA), Natasha Papadopoulou (GR), Antonis Protopatsis (GR), Wolfgang Tillmans (DE/UK), Boryana Rossa - Oleg Mavromatti (BG / USA-RU), Milica Tomic (RS)


Duration: 17.06 - 31.07.2015

Venue: Thessaloniki City Hall

Curators “Ident-alter-ity”: Theodore Markoglou, Art Historian - Curator at the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Syrago Tsiara, Art Historian - Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki


Also, in the framework of the exhibition Ident-alter-ity”:

A) Identalterity - But still in one piece”

Exhibition in the frame of the international open call by Action Field Kodra.

Participating artists: Katerina Athanasopoulou (GR), Marilena Aligizaki (GR), Angeliki Avgitidou (GR), Chiara Bertin (IT), Eva Vei Geromichalou (GR), Marina Genadieve (GR), Fred Koenig (GR), George Petrou (CY), Trix Rosen (USA), Kelly Skoularioti (GR), Manuel Vason (IT)

Curators “Ident-alter-ity - But still in one piece: Dimitris Michalaros, Chief Director of Action Field Kodra, Anthi Argyriou-Panagis Koutsokostas, Curators of Action Field Kodra


B) Ident-alter-ity. Gender trouble in contemporary art

A symposium which draws its central keys of reference from the politics of gender representation in art, contemporary theory and activist experience.

Symposium date: June 18, 2015, 16.00 – 21.00,

Venue: multiple uses conference room, Thessaloniki City Hall

Speakers: Yevgeniy Fiks, Marina Galanou, David Getsy, Dimitris Michalaros, Slava Mogutin, Boryana Rossa, Jules Rosskam, Syrago Tsiara, Kostas Yannakopoulos.


Collaborating Institutions: State Museum of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, City of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Pride, Action Field Kodra-Municipality of Kalamaria



_ HEL(L)AS! Everywhere!

Exhibition of works by Konstantinos Xenakis in a “silent dialogue” with the antiquities in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.


Duration: 23.06 - 30.09.2015

Place:  Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

General Coordination: Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, Archaeologist-Theatrologist, Director of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. 

Curators: Evangelia Tsangaraki, Archaeologist, Head of the Department of the Collections of Metalwork, Sculpture & Minor Artifacts at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Styliana Galiniki, Archaeologist at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki



_ "Travelling in the Eastern Mediterranean through the Digital Archive of Greek Culture of Th. Korres (A.U.TH.)"    

This temporary -and travelling- photographic exhibition aims to show to the public a series of more or less known places (archaeological sites, settlements, landscapes e.a.) with a strong Greek presence over time. Common characteristic of all these places is their position along the littoral zone of Eastern Mediterranean (Asia Minor, Jordan, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt).


Duration: 23.06 - 13.09.2015

Venue: Museum of Byzantine Culture, wing of temporary exhibitions "Kyriakos Krokos"

Curator: Agathoniki Tsilipakou, Director of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Archaeologist
Scientific Advisor: Theodoros Korres, Professor Emeritus A.U.TH.

Partners: Museum of Byzantine Culture, Digital Archive of Greek Culture of the Department of History and Archaeology of the Faculty of Philosophy A.U.TH.



_ “Relative Motions / Evangelia Kranioti - Julien Prévieux”

This exhibition explores the living aspects of tradition and their redevelopment into modern art. Such distinctive approaches, like the ones in the works of E.Kranioti (GR) and J.Previeux (FR), do face the challenges and the reality of the modern era, using contemporary mediums. Yet, they manage not to be cut off from the Mediterranean tradition, giving it special emotions and dynamics.


Duration: 23.06-30.09.2015

Venue: Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki (Warehouse B1, Thessaloniki porta)

Curator: Katerina Koskina, Art Historian- Director of the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art

Collaborating Institutions: Ambassade de France en Grèce / Institut Français de Thessalonique, Consul Général de France / Institut Français de Grèce,



C) OTHER PROJECTS (in chronological order)


_ Love Difference Table / Michelangelo Pistoletto

This emblematic work and “manifest” by Michelangelo Pistoletto will host all the theoretical projects and events of the Biennale. It will also serve as a mirror, reflecting the events, fermentations and outcomes of the Biennale’s three-day programme about the Mediterranean under the general title “Old Intersections – Make it New”. 


Duration: 23.06 - 30.09.2015

Venue: Pavilion 6 ((Leof. Stratou Av. & 3rd Septemvriou St, TIF-HELEXPO premises)

Curator: Katerina Koskina, Art Historian- Director of the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art



_ 4th Thessaloniki Performance Festival

11 performances from Greek and international artists, two tributes and exhibitions, video performances, workshop, one-day conference and an opening concert.  


Duration: 29.06-9.07.2015

Venue: various public and private spaces in the city

Curator – Coordinator: Eirini Papakonstantinou, Art Historian - Curator at the State Museum of Contemporary Art

Artists / Participations: Giorgos Bakalos (workshop, GR), Márcio Carvalho (PT), Harry Elektron & Rosita (concert, GR), Victoria Gray (UK), Leda Papaconstantinou (tribute-GR), Jonas Kocher - Dafni Stefanou - Janosch Perler- Ruedy Schwyn (CH/GR), Mischa Kuball (DE), Carlos Martiel (CU), Medie Megas (GR), Rhiannon Morgan (GR/UK), Surabhi Saraf (IN/USA), SUKA OFF (PL), Ulay (tribute & performance, DE), Cyprus International Performance Art Festival (CY), Videoplay (AR)



_ 5th Young Artists’ Workshop, "Romance"

The Young artists’ Workshop will focus on an alternative approach to the central concept and main theoretical background of this year's event, based on "Letters from Prison" by Antonio Gramsci.


Duration: 10-30.09.2015

Venue: Geni Tzami (Yeni Mosque)


Curator – Coordinator: Areti Leopoulou, Art historian – Curator at the State Museum of Contemporary Art

Head of the workshop: Spyros Staveris, Photographer

Participating artists: Antigoni Theodorou (GR), Akis Karanos (GR), Maria Kriara (GR), Elias Mamaliogkas (GR), Ilan Manouach (GR), Virginia Mastrogiannaki (GR), Nicolas Paradiselo (GR), Sophia Tolika (GR), Original Replica (GR), Nuriddin Rasulov (UZ)



_ Symposium

This year’s symposium will try to detect the results of the Biennales and their in role in the current reality of the Mediterranean. Directors, curators and artists will participate from related events around the Mediterranean.

Time: late September

Venue: Pavilion 6 ((Leof. Stratou Av. & 3rd Septemvriou St, TIF-HELEXPO premises)

Coordinator: Katerina Koskina, Art Historian- Director of the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Katerina Mavromichali, Research, Lifelong Learning & Conferences, State Museum of Contemporary Art






Parallel programme (in chronological order)



Chronis Pechlivanidis - A journey into the world of Sufism

Duration: 22.05 - 20.09.2015

Venue: Alatza Imaret

Curator: Mina Moraitou



Efi Savvides: Transplantation

Duration: 23.06 - 31.08.2015

Venue: Municipal Gallery of Thessaloniki (Casa Bianca)

Curator: Thalea Stefanidou, Art Historian

Hosted by: Municipality of Thessaloniki



Anni Kaltsidou: Visual Intersections at Thessaloniki’s Roman Forum

Duration: 24.06 - 16.08.2015

Venue: Roman Forum

Curator: Maria D. Kagiadaki, Art Historian - Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Thessaloniki



Psychology-Art / 1st International Symposium of Art Therapies “Life and Art as one”

Duration: 18 - 20.09.2015

Venue: Pavilion 6 (Leof. Stratou Av. & 3rd  Septemvriou St, TIF-HELEXPO premises))

Coordinator: Eleni Tonikidi, Artist, Art-Therapist



Nikos Panayotopoulos, Penelope Petsini: Aufarbeitung: The Wall (2010-14)

Duration: 22.09 - 17.10.2015

Venue: Eirmos Gallery

Curator: Hercules Papaioannou, Photography Researcher


The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art is the third one of a three part program which started in 2011 and is funded by the Operational Program Macedonia-Thrace 2007-2013, co-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and Greece. The organization is run by the State Museum of Contemporary Art, realized with the participation of the “5 Museums’ Movement of Thessaloniki”, supported by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and with the collaboration of many local institutions.