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Untitled (12th İstanbul Biennial)

The 12th İstanbul Biennial held on 17 September–13 November 2011 was visited by nearly 110.000 people.

The 12th İstanbul Biennial, organized by İKSV with the sponsorship of Koç Holding, was held on 17 September–13 November 2011. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann, the 12th İstanbul Biennial referenced the work of the Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. It was composed of five group exhibitions and more than 50 solo presentations, with a total of over 500 works under the title of “Untitled (12th İstanbul Biennial)”. The works were categorized under five different themes: named Untitled (Abstraction), “Untitled” (Ross), “Untitled” (Passport), Untitled (History), and “Untitled” (Death by Gun). The exhibition designs of the biennial venues Antrepo 3 and 5 were done by the architectural design office of Ryue Nishizawa, one of the most prominent architects in the world today. Recognized as the major contemporary art event in Turkey, the Biennial placed Istanbul on the international art agenda, and was visited by nearly 110.000 people. SAHA supported project expenses of artists invited to the 12th Istanbul Biennial from Turkey.

About the Curators

Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann

12th İstanbul Biennial was curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann.

Adriano Pedrosa, Director of Programa Independente de Escola São Paulo; and Jens Hoffmann, Director of CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts were appointed by the Advisory Board of the Istanbul Biennial. Adriano Pedrosa
Adriano Pedrosa, born in 1965 in Rio de Janeiro, is an independent curator, editor and writer based in São Paulo. Pedrosa was adjunct curator and editor of publications of the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo (1998), F[r]icciones (with Ivo Mesquita, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2000), co-curator and co-editor of publications of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006), curator of Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2001-2003), curator of InSite_05, San Diego/Tijuana (2005), curator of 31st Panorama da Arte Brasileira (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, 2009), and artistic director of the 2nd Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2009). Pedrosa has published in Artforum (New York), Art Nexus (Bogota), Art+Text (Sydney), Tate Etc. (London), Exit (Madrid), and Frieze (London), among others. He was a juror of the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts (Istanbul Biennial, 2001), of the Prêmio EDP Novos Artistas (Museu Serralves, Porto, 2003), and of the Hugo Boss Prize (Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2004). Pedrosa is on the editorial board of The Exhibitionist: A Journal for Exhibition Making and is the founding director of Programa Independente da Escola São Paulo-PIESP. Jens Hoffmann
Jens Hoffmann, born in 1974 in San José, Costa Rica, is a writer and curator. Hoffmann has worked for a number of art institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; KIASMA -- Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; The Hugh Lane Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; DIA Center for the Arts, New York, Kunstverein in Hamburg; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Museum Kunst-Palast, Düsseldorf as well as for exhibitions such as Documenta X (1997), the 1st Berlin Biennial (1998), and the 9th Lyon Biennial (2007). He was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (2003--2007) and co-curator of the 2nd Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2009). He is currently co-curating, with Harrell Fletcher, the 1st People's Biennial. Hoffmann is senior lecturer at the Curatorial Practice Program of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, a guest professor at the Nova Academia di Bella Arti in Milan and an adjunct faculty member of the Curatorial Studies Program of Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the founding editor of The Exhibitionist: A Journal on Exhibition Making.

About the Istanbul Biennial

12th Istanbul Biennial, Antrepo No. 3

First held in 1987, the 13th Istanbul Biennial to take place in the autumn of 2013 will be curated by Fulya Erdemci.

The 1st Istanbul Biennial was organized by İKSV in 1987 under the title of Contemporary Art Exhibitions. After the first two biennials realized under the general coordination of Beral Madra in 1987 and 1989, the Foundation decided to adopt a single curator system. The 3rd Istanbul Biennial was directed by Vasıf Kortun in 1992. The 4th Istanbul Biennial was curated by René Block in 1995 and the following editions were curated by Rosa Martínez in 1997, Paolo Colombo in 1999, Yuko Hasegawa in 2001, Dan Cameron in 2003, Charles Esche and Vasıf Kortun in 2005, Hou Hanru in 2007; What, How & for Whom / WHW in 2009, Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann in 2011. Fulya Erdemci was appointed curator for the 13th Istanbul Biennial scheduled for 2013. Considered as one of the most prestigious biennials alongside Venice, São Paulo and Sydney, the Istanbul Biennial prefers an exhibition model which enables through the artists’ works a dialogue between artists and the audience, as opposed to a national representation model. The Biennial aims to create a platform of exchange between artists and art spectators from different cultural backgrounds as well as reviewing the city’s changing position in the world. For further information on the Istanbul Biennial: