The Mediterranean Biennale

Apr—Oct 2021

The 4th Biennale

extended until 02/10

Nine exhibitions located
at the German Colony, Haifa
For opening hours check the Venues section

60 ARTISTS AND ART COLLECTIVES FROM AFGANISTAN, AUSTRIA, BAHRAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY, ISRAEL, ITALY, IRAN, KAZAKHSTAN, MEXICO, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SPAIN, TURKEY, UK, USA

LIVING TOGETHER — CROSSING BORDERS

The 4th Mediterranean Biennale

HAIFA · SAKHNIN VALLEY

The 4th Mediterranean Biennale seeks to reinforce solidarity, delving into the notion of the city as a shared public space, in response to the current Coronavirus crisis and its aftershocks. It sustains interpersonal interaction beyond borders in a time of travel restrictions and social distancing.

The 4th Mediterranean Biennale seeks to reinforce solidarity, delving into the notion of the city as a shared public space, in response to the current Coronavirus crisis and its aftershocks. It sustains interpersonal interaction beyond borders in a time of travel restrictions and social distancing.

Featuring video art of AES+F, NEVIN ALADAĞ, ANNA ANDERS, JANET BIGGS, RAAYA BRUKENTHAL, CHTO DELAT, AMOS GITAI, ALI KAZMA, HACER KIROGLU, ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA, KARAM NATOUR, MANUEL SAIZ, KAY WALKOWIAK, CLEMENS VON WEDEMEYER, HECTOR ZAMORA
Video Editing: Or Fainaru / Music: Fu.Up.Jump by Spectacular Sound Productions

CURATORS

Belu-Simion Fainaru

Belu-Simion Fainaru


Artist, curator and initiator of the Mediterranean Biennale born in 1959 in Romania, Belu-Simion Fainaru lives and works in Haifa, Israel and Antwerpen, Belgium. He holds a B.A. degree in Art and Philosophy from Haifa University and an M.F.A. in Art and Design from The University of Chicago, USA. Further studies include Domus Academy, Milan, Italy and the Bruxelles Royal Academy of Art, Belgium.

Fainaru‘s works were exhibited at the 1992 Documenta in Kassel, the 1993 Venice Biennale, the Sonsbeek, Biennale in Holland and the 2006 Biennale in Havana, Cuba. Previous solo exhibitions include Israel Museum in Jerusalem, S.M.A.K. Museum in Ghent, M HKA in Antwerpen, Lehmbruck Museum in Germany and Saitama Museum in Japan. He is a guest lecturer at universities in Belgium and Japan and has been teaching in the Department of Architecture at the Wizo Academy, Haifa, Israel since 1984. In 2008 he initiated the Mediterranean Biennale and since 2010 Belu-Simion Fainaru has been the artistic director and curator of the Mediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art, Israel.  In 2019 represented Romania at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia.

Avital Bar-Shay

Avital Bar-Shay


Artist, designer, architect and initiator of the Mediterranean Biennale was born in 1966 in Israel. She lives and works in Israel. Bar-Shay holds a B. Arch. degree and a B.A. in Fine art.

Avital exhibited in Israel and abroad, she has vast experience in public space projects and works as a cultural entrepreneur for over six years. She specializes in artistic activity in the periphery. In 2008 she initiated the Mediterranean Biennale and since 2010 Avital Bar-Shay has been the curator and the art producer of the Mediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art, Israel.

ABOUT

Entitled LIVING TOGETHER—CROSSING BORDERS the 4th Mediterranean Biennale offers an alternative platform, highlighting the local processes being created in the region and enhancing their cultural impact by means of art directed toward the community. Art that emerges from the museum walls and integrates with the city. The city becomes a place for artistic thinking and inspiration, a laboratory for ideas and creativity.

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ABOUT

Entitled LIVING TOGETHER—CROSSING BORDERS the 4th Mediterranean Biennale offers an alternative platform, highlighting the local processes being created in the region and enhancing their cultural impact by means of art directed toward the community. Art that emerges from the museum walls and integrates with the city. The city becomes a place for artistic thinking and inspiration, a laboratory for ideas and creativity.

READ MORE →

ARTISTS

A

AES+F  Russia
HANNAN ABU-HUSSEIN  Israel
LELA AHMADZAI  Germany / Afganistan
RASHID AL KHALIFA  Bahrain
NEVIN ALADAĞ  Germany / Turkey
CARLOS AMORALES  Mexico
ANNA ANDERS  Germany
ABIR ATALLA  Israel

B

AVITAL BAR-SHAY  Israel
AVNER BEN-GAL  Israel
JANET BIGGS  USA
IRINA BOTEA BUCAN & JON DEAN  Romania / UK
THORSTEN BRINKMAN  Germany
RAAYA BRUKENTHAL  Israel

C

MICHAL CHELBIN  Israel
CHTO DELAT  Russia
EDUARD CONSTANTIN  Romania

E

TRACEY EMIN  UK

F

OR FAINARU  Israel
BELU-SIMION FAINARU  Israel
REUT FERSTER  Israel

G

SHIRA GEPSTIEN-MOSHKOVICH  Israel
AMOS GITAI  Israel
ADRIAN GHENIE  Germany / Romania
ION GRIGORESCU  Romania

I

NETTA ISHAY  Israel
ORIT ISHAY  Israel

K

BOAZ KAIZMAN  Germany / Israel
MUHAMMAD SAID KALLASH  Israel
ALI KAZMA  Turkey 
HACER KIROGLU  Turkey
DANIEL KNORR  Germany / Romania
JANNIS KOUNELLIS  Italia

L

ANNA LUKASHEVSKY  Israel

M

IDDO MARKUS  Israel
ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA  Germany / Kazakhstan
CIPRIAN MURESAN  Romania 
HIAM MUSTAFA  Israel

N

ARASH NASSIRI  France / Iran
KARAM NATOUR  Israel
IULIA NISTOR  Germany / Romania
BOAZ NOY  Israel

P

MARIO PFEIFER  Germany

S

MANUEL SAIZ  Spain
SHAHAR SIVAN  Israel
FATMA SHANAN  Israel
ANGELIKA SHER  Israel
KHEN SHISH  Israel

U

MICHA ULLMAN  Israel

W

SAMIRA WAHABI  Israel
KAY WALKOWIAK  Austria
CLEMENS VON WEDEMEYER  Germany
PAVEL WOLBERG  Israel

Y

SHARON YA'ARI  Israel

Z

OLA ZAITOUN  Israel
HECTOR ZAMORA  Portugal / Mexico
AMIRA ZIAN  Israel
NATALIA ZOURABOVA  Israel

GALLERY

VENUES

City Center

6 Ben Gurion Ave.  view map

Sun-Thu 9:30—21:00, Fr 9:30—15:00, Sat 11:00—21:30 / The exhibition will take place in the lobby and in the shops

+972-4-853-0111

Aroma Cafe German Colony

8 Ben Gurion Ave.  view map

Sun-Thu 7:00—20:00, Fr 7:00—14:00, Sat 8:30—20:00 / The exhibition will take place in the cafeteria space

+972-4-644-3900

WIZO Academy of Design

21 HaGanim St.   view map

Exhibition Closed

+972-1800-770-990

The Colony Hotel

28 Ben Gurion Ave.  view map

Sun-Sat 9:30—19:00 / The exhibition will take place in the hotel lobby

+972-4-851-3344

Daniel Hairdressers

30 Ben Gurion Ave.  view map

Sun 10:00—19:00, Tu-Fr 9:00—19:00, Mon, Sat Closed / The exhibition will take place in the barbershop space

+972-4-855-5544

Templers Hotel

36 Ben Gurion Ave.  view map

Sun-Sat 9:30—19:00 / The exhibition will take place in the hotel lobby

+972-4-629-7777

Shtroudl Restaurant

39 Ben Gurion Ave. view map

Sun-Sat 9:00—23:30 / The exhibition will take place in the restaurant space

+972-53-9344986

Kingdom Restaurant & Bar

36 Ben Gurion Ave.  view map

Sun-Sat 12:00—00:00 / The exhibition will take place in the restaurant space

+972-4-613-7774

Tourist Board Haifa

48 Ben Gurion Ave.  view map

Sun-Thu 9:00—16:00, Fr 9:00—13:00, Sat Closed / The exhibition will take place in the offices

+972-4-853-5606

Consulat de France à Haïfa

37 Hagefen St.   view map

Mon-Thu 9:00—13:00, Sun Closed / The exhibition will take place in the offices and the library

+972-4-813-8822

ARCHIVES

We are celebrating ten years since the inauguration in Haifa in 2010 as a model for multicultural cooperation and dialogue between diverse outlooks and opinions held by different communities and groups. The Mediterranean Biennale is a venue to discuss the relevance of art in today’s consumerist society and to restore art to the public as a bridge between cultures.

We are celebrating ten years since the inauguration in Haifa in 2010 as a model for multicultural cooperation and dialogue between diverse outlooks and opinions held by different communities and groups. The Mediterranean Biennale is a venue to discuss the relevance of art in today’s consumerist society and to restore art to the public as a bridge between cultures.

PARTNERS

The Mediterranean Biennale