May – August 2021
Exhibition and Public Program
The first edition of the Biennale für Freiburg (BfF #1) deals with methods of artistic production inside and outside of the artist studio. The point of departure for this examination is the recent termination of the Freiburg chapter of Karlsruhe’s Academy of Fine Arts. As the painting classes move back to the main faculty in Karlsruhe, the newly-founded Biennale für Freiburg has to deal with the loss of a cultural institution, whilst also establishing itself as a newcomer in the city’s artistic landscape.’ In order to not ignore this development, BfF #1 explores the relationship between temporary exhibitions, academic training and artistic forms of education and knowledge production. Instead of replacing one institution with another, the aim is to transfer processes and actions that usually take place in an academy studio to other contexts and situations. This begins with the assertion that a studio does not necessarily need a physical dimension. Keeping this in mind, other spaces must be found that correspond to the conditions of a studio. This search will explore what characteristics a studio needs to possess.
A studio can be envisioned as a place of production, experiment and exchange: a protective space for thoughts and the actions taking place within it. A space for things in the making. A space of regular review, where actions are presented, tested and reflected upon. A space where honest opinions can be expressed and skills can be developed and applied. A space for construction and destruction, for consideration and spontaneity. A studio is a place where suggestions are made.
By searching for other spaces for artistic production and exchange, the BfF #1 also responds to the very current feeling of isolation within one's own work or living space. For as essential as the studio is as a workplace, as soon as the physical studio is no longer a self-chosen place of retreat, but a forced shelter, freedom becomes a limitation. That is why BfF #1 seeks for ways to dissolve the studio and relate it to the public space. That is why BfF #1 seeks for ways to dissolve the studio and relate it to the public space, which thereby becomes a place of production and an subject for debate.
In 2021, the inaugural edition of the Biennale will come about in two phases. Firstly, the Studio Program will take place between May and August 2021. During this period, participating artists will be invited for residencies and research trips where they will have the opportunity to get familiar with the local modes of cultural production and conceive artistic projects in during the Studio Program. These studios can be virtual, physical or imaginary in nature, and will be formed for limited periods of time. They can take on formats such as performances, exhibitions, workshops, lectures or walks. In September 2021, these processes will be translated into an exhibition parcours and a program of events and mediation.
Biennale für Freiburg is conceived and organized by Leon Hösl together with the curatorial advisory board consisting of Christoph Chwatal, Aziza Harmel, Fanny Hauser, Magdalena Stöger and Fritz Laszlo Weber. Participating artists will be announced throughout the next months.
Exhibition dates of Biennale für Freiburg #1
14.04.2021 / BfF #1
Exhibition Parcours: September 10 - October 3, 2021 / Studio Program: Early May through end of August 2021More
15.02.2021 / Biennale für Freiburg
Die Biennale für Freiburg unterstützt das offene Netzwerk „Kultur macht reich“ sowie das landesweite "Bündnis für eine gerechtere Kunst- und Kulturarbeit."More
03.11.2020 / BfF #1
Die Biennale für Freiburg vergibt ab 1. März 2021 die Stelle einer Projektassistenz.More
13.09.2020 / Biennale für Freiburg
Biennale für Freiburg (BfF) invites you to its first event. During the Ortsbegehung, an on-site visit, the conceptual and thematic approach of the first edition will be presented, tested and discussed during a collective walk.More
Shaping the relationship between ‘Biennale,’ ‘for’ and ‘Freiburg.’
12.04.2021 / Curatorial Advisory Board of BfF #1
For the first edition of the Biennale für Freiburg we were invited to form the Curatorial Advisory Board. We are Aziza Harmel, Christoph Chwatal, Fanny Hauser, Fritz Laszlo Weber, and Magdalena Stöger.More
Brushed by Hand, Polished by Foot
21.12.2020 / Marius Schwarz
Paving has been a part of Freiburg since the 19th century. Stone by stone, its squares, streets and sidewalks were laid out, in structured or wild patterns, partially decorated or lined with ornaments.More
21.12.2020 / Aziza Harmel
When Leon Hoesl, artistic director of the Biennale für Freiburg, told me about the new graphic identity for the biennale and mentioned the use of the typeface Difficult Times, we were in lock down, dealing with a worldwide pandemic.More
Excerpts from “A Walk” by Rahima Gambo
05.11.2020 / BfF #1
“Can we walk as a response to this?” This is one of the first questions that Rahima Gambo asks in her video A Walk.More
24.09.2020 / BfF #1
On-site tour and first public announcement of Biennale für Freiburg #1.More
Biennale für Freiburg (BfF) is a new platform for the presentation, development and mediation of contemporary art in Freiburg, Germany. It dedicates itself to artistically approaching urgent socio-political matters through means of varying thematic and conceptual frameworks. The aim is to establish a continuous connection to Freiburg and to provide a lasting contribution to the cultural and artistic life of the city. The Biennale envisions itself as a beneficial addition to Freiburg’s artistic landscape, juxtaposing an in-depth examination of local modus operandi with external perspectives, which are taken up by the participants. The choice for the commonplace acronym BFF and its meaning in popular culture, are quite intentional: a connection based on support and intimacy, conversation and honesty, combined with the genuine desire to never let this commitment end - Best Friends Forever.
The inaugural edition of the Biennale für Freiburg is overseen by Artistic Director Leon Hösl. The committee of the association Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V., that executes the Biennale, commissioned Hösl for the conception and realization of its first iteration. Learn more about the first edition, BfF#1, here.
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Leon Hösl / Artistic Director
Catherin Schöberl / Project Assistant
Aziza Harmel, Christoph Chwatal, Fanny Hauser, Fritz Laszlo Weber and Magdalena Stöger / Curatorial Advisory Board
The Biennale für Freiburg is organized by Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.
Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.
Heinrich Dietz, Chairperson
Heidi Brunnschweiler, Vice Chairperson
Julia Galandi-Pascual, Treasurer
Registration court: Amtsgericht Freiburg
Registration number: VR 702810
Responsible for contents according to § 10 paragraph 3 MDStv: Leon Hösl (Director, address see above)
Graphic design: Ronja Andersen and Marius Schwarz
Programming: François Girard-Meunier
Typeface: Difficult Times
The association and Biennale für Freiburg are supported by Stadt Freiburg, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, the LBBW-Stiftung and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture.
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