Tres Bienn brings together 3 biennials of contemporary art that all take place over autumn 2007: the Athens Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial and the Lyon Biennial.

Tres Bienn illustrates the willingness for collaboration that is developing between these three events: exchange of artists and artistic projects, development of cultural interchange, joint communication and visibility strategies.

In 2007, Tres Bienn will initiate artistic collaborations, collaborative events, joint tourist packages and promotional activities at the Venice Biennial, Art Basel and Documenta.



Destroy Athens

September 10 – November 18, 2007
Professional preview: 9 September 2007

Curators: Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio, Augustine Zenakos

Main venue: Technopolis

Destroy Athens aims to attack stereotyping. It is an attempt to challenge the ways in which identities and behaviours are determined through stereotypical descriptions. The exhibition is inviting artists to employ the heretical treatment of the universal and timeless symbol of Athens as a pretext or as a metaphor for an assertion of self-determination.

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Not Only Possible, But Also Necessary: Optimism in the Age of Global War

September 8 – November 4, 2007
Professional preview: September 6 – 7, 2007

Curator: Hou Hanru

Venues: Antrepo No:3, AKM – Ataturk Cultural Centre, IMC – Istanbul Textile Traders’ Market, santralistanbul

The 10th International Istanbul Biennial will not be a thematic exhibition in the traditional manner; rather, it will emphasise artistic production based on collective intelligence and the living process of negotiating with physical sites. The biennial will focus on urban issues and architectural reality as a means of exposing different cultural contexts and artistic visions regarding the complex and diverse forms of modernity.

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00s, The history of a decade that has not yet been named

September 19, 2007 – January 6, 2008
Professional preview: September 17 – 18, 2007

Curators: Stéphanie Moisdon & Hans Ulrich Obrist
Artistic Director: Thierry Raspail

Venues: La Sucrière, Institute of Contemporary art of Villeurbanne, Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon, Fondation Bullukian

The project for the 9th Lyon Biennial is a history book written by a number of people. The history of a decade yet to be named; of a present that is endlessly arriving…

The project is structured like a grand game, in which some 60 “players” from around the world are invited to invite an essential artist of this decade. The ultimate purpose of this game, in which invitation is the rule, is to produce together an original landscape, and to create living matter from the archaeology of now.

Contact: Nicolas Garait
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Tres Bienn: Events & Activities

The curators of the Athens, Istanbul and Lyon Biennials gave a joint public presentation during the opening days of the 52nd Venice Biennale. The discussion, entitled "The biennial is dead. Long live the biennial", included presentations by Poka-Yio & Augustine Zenakos (co-curators, with Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, 1st Athens Biennale), Hou Hanru (curator, 10th Istanbul Biennial), and Hans Ulrich Obrist & Stephanie Moisdon (curators, 9th Lyon Biennial), and was moderated by Rafal Niemojewski. The presentation took place on June 8th at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale.

The Athens Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial and the Lyon Biennial also jointly hosted their closest friends on a 'tres bienn' boat reception in Venice on June 7th at St Elena shore, close to the Giardini. Those present had the opportunity to informally discuss the prospects of the collaboration of the three biennials, and celebrate together with the organisers and curators the launch of this initiative.