The Athens Biennale is an international cultural event held every two years in Athens, consisting of a large-scale exhibition and a diverse programme of side events, such as performances, workshops, lectures etc. It is one of the largest international art events of contemporary culture in Greece and it has been acknowledged as one of the most significant and innovative cultural initiatives in Europe by the European Cultural Foundation (2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture).
The Athens Biennale functions as an observatory of collective issues and as a platform for the designation of the contemporary culture of the Athenian metropolis, promoting experimental formats and various curatorial approaches as well as connecting the local artistic production with the international art scene of contemporary art.
It is organised by the Athens Biennial Non-Profit Organization, which was co-founded by Xenia Kaplaktsoglou, Poka-Yio, and Augustine Zenakos in November 2005.
Until now it has presented six editions: AB1: DESTROY ATHENS (2007) • AB2: HEAVEN (2009) • AB3: MONODROME (2011) • AB4: AGORA (2013) • AB5to6: OMONOIA (2015 – 2017) • AB6: ANTI (2018).
The 7th Athens Biennale ECLIPSE (AB7: ECLIPSE) will take place in 2021.