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The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art will take place from June 23rd until September 30th, 2015. This is the last part of a program which started in 2011 and focused on the Mediterranean, with the title Old Intersections-Make it New III. The event is run by the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, and is directed by Katerina Koskina, art historian-curator.
This year's Biennale of Contemporary Art consists of a main exhibition, hosted in Pavilion 6 of the Thessaloniki International Exhibition and Congress Centre. It will also include several parallel exhibitions, a performance festival, workshops, meetings and educational programmes. The Biennale will include artwork exhibitions, new and old productions, shows and performances by 44 artists and a collective group from 25 countries worldwide.
The central exhibition, under the title Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will, given by the curator Katerina Gregos, will explore the multiple concepts found in an aphorism by Antonio Gramsci. In his Prison Notebook, Antonio Gramsci says the following: I'm a Pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.
Participants of the Biennale are called to discuss the dual meaning of Garmsci's phrase, focusing on the current state of crisis in the Mediterranean countries and the different approaches to the situation.
More info at: Thessaloniki Biennale