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 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 facilitates the international exchange of ideas and strengthens individual initiative by contextualizing nascent curatorial concepts and emerging practices in a discursive environment.
The Curators Workshop follows an understanding of education as practice of liberation and is open to contradictions, complexities, discussions and processes of failure. It is not enough to generate knowledge about a topic, it is necessary to find new forms of presentation that are organized in a non-hierarchical way. For this reason the workshop is also intended as a testing ground for new formats.
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, the Allianz Cultural Foundation has been sponsoring the co-initiated Curators Workshop – and continues to do so for the 11th Berlin Biennale in 2020.
This year's workshop will be conceived by the British curator and author Pip Day. It will be based on the curatorial concept of the 11th Berlin Biennale and will treat processes of political and cultural empowerment such as feminism, the struggle of civil movements, institutional critique and protests as forms of political pedagogy.