Since 2006 The KW Institue for Contemporary Art and the Allianz Kulturstiftung organize in cooperation with their partners (Goethe-Institut, BMW Group and – since 2016 – the ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) The Young Curators Workshop which offers young curators from all over the world the chance to professionalize themselves both theoretically and practically in the context of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The workshop both facilitates the international exchange of ideas and strengthens individual initiative by contextualizing nascent curatorial concepts and emerging practices in a discursive environment. In a program of seminars and fieldwork tailored to each particular biennial's concept, a small group of young curators discusses positions, strategies, contents and perceptions, frequently with input from invited experts. Workshop participants not only push their own ideas further, they put them into practice. Throughout the process, they are mentored by important figures in their field and the international art scene.
By funding the 2nd and 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, the Allianz Cultural Foundation – shortly after its registration in the year 2000 – has contributed significantly to the successful establishment of the Berlin Biennale as a new nationally and internationally acclaimed format. Since the 4th edition and also after 20 years of the Berlin Biennale´s existence in 2018, the Allianz Cultural Foundation has continued its support by sponsoring the co-initiated Young Curators Workshop – this edition modified and expanded as the Curators Workshop BBX Crit Sessions.
15 emerging curators/practitioners were selected to participate in the 10-day workshop 30 August-09 September 2018, directed by Antonia Majaca and Sohrab Mohebbi.