Review: Berlin Biennale 8

3 May

I am looking forward to heading back to Berlin this summer to do a review of the Berlin Biennale 9, which I will hopefully have a better impression of than the Berlin Biennale 8. The Berlin Biennale 9 official blog says, however, that this contemporary art show may or may not be about contemporary art. Ha. I am intrigued….

Rhea Boyden

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by Rhea H. Boyden

It is a hot Saturday afternoon and I am standing in the middle of Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes’ exhibit at KW Institute of Contemporary Art entitled ‘A secluded and pleasant land, in this land I wish to dwell.’ I am alone, thankfully, because I am in a bad mood. I have just walked down Auguststrasse in the centre of Berlin Mitte and entered this room of hanging hemp ropes, silk yarns, twirled and hanging bamboo sculptures and what appears to be a giant checkerboard on the floor. The rope makes me think of a noose, the checkerboard a maze. Hmm. I ponder the second half of the title: ‘in this land I wish to dwell.’ I am in the middle of a long goodbye to Berlin and have firmly decided that I no longer want to live in this land, and this exhibit is now irritating…

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