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We are the Biennale in Berlin.

Biennale means:
Something happens every other year.

We make an exhibition.
About today’s art.
Every other year.

That means:
You can visit us.
And take a look at
what artists are creating.

Some Examples:

  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Films

There are many such exhibitions.
In many countries.
The Biennale in Berlin
is one of the most important.

Many people who work with arts
meet each other.

The Biennale is always in Berlin.
Every other year.
It will be this year, too.

Every time, the Biennale is a bit different.
There is always someone who decides:
What pieces of art will be displayed.
You call that person a “curator”.

Every curator likes different things.
That is why every Biennale looks differently.

We allow our curators to try out new things.

  • They can show art of unknown artists.
  • They can show art that is hard to sell.

That is very exciting for our visitors.

Many young artists became successful
after their art·works have been at the Biennale.

The Biennale this year

This is the 11th (eleventh) Biennale.
There have been 10 other exhibitions in the past.

This time the Biennale will have 4 parts.
If you look at all 4
it is like watching a story told.

The first 3 parts are:

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The 4th part is the final part.
There we will talk about all the other parts.
We will show:

  • What the art·works have in common.
  • How the artists differ around the world.

The exhibition speaks about:

  • People being there for each other.
  • Vulnerability (Why people get hurt.)
  • Resistance (How people protect themselves against bad things.)

Life can be difficult. Especially now.

This exhibition shows:
Life is difficult, but also wonderful.


When and where

When is the Biennale?
It starts Saturday, 5th of September 2020.
It ends Sunday, 1st of November 2020.

Where is the Biennale?
There are 4 places.
You can visit all 4.

These places are:

  • KW Institute for Contemporary Art
  • The “daad·galerie”
  • The “Gropius Bau
  • The project space “11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint”

To learn how to get there:
click here.

What are the opening times?
The 4 locations have different opening times.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art:
Always 11 am to 7 pm.
But closed on Tuesday.

The daad·galerie:
Always 11 am to 7 pm.
On Thursday even until 9 pm.
But closed on Tuesday.

The Gropius Bau:
Always 10 am to 7 pm.
On Thursday even until 9 pm.
But closed on Tuesday.

The project space 11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint:
Always 11 am to 7 pm.
But closed on Tuesday.



How do we protect ourselves from the corona·virus?
We do many things:

  • We wear masks.
  • We always clean everything.
  • We don’t let too many people in at the same time.
    So that it doesn’t get too crowded.
  • There is hand-cleaner in every room.
  • There are markings everywhere.
    They say:
    Where to go.
  • You are only allowed to sit on benches alone.

Do you have to wear a mask?
The employees of the Biennale
also all wear a mask.

What else can you do?

  • Keep your distance from other people.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze:
    Do that at the elbow.
    Not in hand.
  • Don’t try to touch anything.
  • Wash your hands often.
    Take your time for this.
  • Please do
    what is on the signs.
  • Please do
    what our employees say.

Do you have to give my address?
Maybe someone goes to the Biennale
who has the corona·virus.
Then we want to let all visitors know.
We need your address for this.

You give us your address
when you buy a ticket online.



How can you buy a ticket?
Please try to buy the tickets online.
Please do not buy the ticket at our cashier desk.

Maybe then we won’t have anymore.
Or you have to wait a long time.

How much is the ticket?
The costs are different for the 4 places:

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
and Gropius Bau:
7 euros.

The daad·galerie
and the project space 11. Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint:
The entrance ticket is free.
You still have to get a ticket online.
But you don’t have to pay for it.

Can you visit all 4 places with one ticket?
You need a ticket for each location.

When can you visit the exhibition?
When you buy the admission ticket:
you choose a time.

You must then come to the time.

We make sure
that not everyone
comes at the same time.

When you are in the exhibition
you can stay
as long as you want.

How do you show the ticket?
You will receive the ticket with an email.
You can print it out.
Or show it on your phone.

You bought a ticket.
But you have no time.
Do you get your money back?
Unfortunately, no.
We cannot give money back.
And we cannot change the time.

Who pays less?
For some, entry is only 5 euros:

  • Students over 18 years of age.
  • Students.
  • Anyone doing a federal voluntary service.
  • BBK members.
  • Unemployed.
  • Severely disabled (50 “GdB” and up).

For some, the visit is free:

  • Anyone under the age of 18.
  • Anyone who has a “berlinpass”.
  • Members of the association “KW Feunde”.

If you are one of them:
Book the ticket online anyway.
Select that you have to pay less.
Or that you don’t have to pay anything.

Bring your ID to the exhibition.
For example: your disability card.

There are other exhibitions in the Gropius Bau.
Can you visit them with your ticket?
You can only enter the Biennale with your ticket.


Your visit with us

Which exhibition venue should you visit first?
It does not matter.

Can I hand in my jacket and bag?
That is not possible because of the virus.
But you can take smaller bags with you.

Are the exhibitions barrier-free?
You can go anywhere in a wheelchair.
There are elevators.
And toilets for the disabled.

We cannot borrow wheelchairs
because of the virus.

Is the Biennale also good for children?
Children are very welcome to come.
We also do “family hours”.
There are exhibitions made by children.
The children can also try things out there.

If you want to participate:
All informations are here.

Can you take photos?

  • You have to hold the camera in your hand.
    You are not allowed to use a stand.
  • You are not allowed to use a flash.
  • You are not allowed to sell the pictures.
  • Some works have a marking:
    Those are not allowed to be photographed.

How do you get along?
We have a booklet with a lot of information.
It is for free.

You can get this booklet at the entrance.

There are small signs on many works of art.
With information on it.

And there are staff everywhere.
We are happy to help.

What is the best way to get to the exhibition?
You can take the car.
But parking is often difficult.

Better is: You take the bike.

Or you can take the bus and train.
Here you can find all stops and train stations.

Can you take animals with you?
Pets are not allowed.
But service dogs (guide dogs) are allowed.


What we offer

Can you take your own food and drink with you?
You cannot eat or drink anything in the daad·galerie.
There are cafes in the other exhibitions.
You can buy things there:

  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • Cake

But the cafes are sometimes closed.

Is there WI-FI (wireless internet?)
At some exhibition locations: yes.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
The WI-FI is called “KW FREE”.

Gropius Bau:
The WI-FI is called “kbb-public”.

If you would like to use the Website Instagram please write:

If you are not using these sites
you need not understand.

Can you read more about the exhibition?
We wrote a lot about the Biennale.
For example:

  • In a booklet.
  • And on our website.
  • And in 4 books.

Where can you buy the books?
You can buy anything online.
And at the cash desk
at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

Are there guided tours
where someone tells you
about the exhibition?
There are tours in some languages.
You can find the times here.

We only ever take a few people with us.
Because of the virus.

To take part
you need a ticket.
For the right time.

We always meet at the cashier desk.

In the “Gropius Bau”
the cashier desk
is on the 2nd floor.

What does tandem mean?
We would like:
Visitors should talk to each other.
That is why there are “Tandem Tuesdays”.

Tandem means:
being together.

We always give a sticker to 2 visitors.
So that they can find each other.

And both know:
The other also wants to talk.

If you want to participate:
All informations are here.

Can you listen
to information about the exhibition
with headphones?
We have no audio guide.
But the staff will be happy to help you.

Where can I read more about old biennials?
Online, here.

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