MEDIATIONS BIENNALE is presently the largest visual art event in Central Europe and the only one of its kind in Poland. Its central European location, at the crossroads of many cultures, allows it to assume a role of a mediator between Asia and Europe.

The geographical location of Poland, at the meeting point of the two continents, has stimulated the development of this unique cultural perspective, different to the postcolonial one of Western Europe.

The art of Central Europe is a result of various mutual influences: social, historical, ethnical, religious, cultural and aesthetic ones. On a borderline of major European trends, it managed to produce utterly new art phenomena and manifestos. Although, it is rather difficult to talk about central European art as of an independent and coherent reality, every encounter with it gives rise to a need to find names for that unique phenomenon, so deeply rooted in the reality of the region.

A long tradition of mediations, laying foundations for MEDIATION BIENNALE, goes back to the year 1989 when a conference and series of international exhibitions entitled 'Civilisation and Culture' took place in Poznań. The annual international INNER SPACES festival, which was initiated in 1993, became a starting point for a later exhibition: ASIA-EUROPE MEDIATIONS, which took place in 2007. That presentation gave rise to the first edition of MEDIATIONS BIENNALE in 2008 at Poznań National Museum, Zamek Culture Centre and many Poznań galleries.

Over the years, MEDIATIONS BIENNALE has become an important mark in many Polish and international calendars of art events, thus attracting world famous curators and art critics, as well as the most distinguished international artists. In 2012, Poznań had the privilege to host the ASEM conference (Asia Europe Meetings). The main reason for the selection of the city was Mediation Biennale which was happening at the same time. Ministers of culture from 48 European and Asian countries were guests at the grand opening of the event. 

11.09 - 30.10/2010


3 - 30.10/2008


29.06. - 3.07/2007


Catalogues & Publications

Erased Walls, Mediations Biennale 2010, ed. Marianna Jaworska, Marta Kabsch, Joanna Przygońska, published by Zamek Culture Centre, Poznań 2010

Beyond Mediations, Mediations Biennale 2010, ed. Marta Kabsch, Joanna Przygońska, published by Zamek Culture Centre, Poznań 2010

Accompanying programme, Mediations Biennale 2010, ed. Monika Kędziora, Karolina Krychowska, Joanna Przygońska, published by Zamek Culture Centre, Poznań 2010

Mediations Biennale, 2008, published by Zamek Culture Centre, Poznań 2008.

Mediations Biennale catalogue, 2008.

Asia - Europe Mediations, ed. Sławomir Sobczak, Tomasz Wendland, published by Stowarzyszenie Kontekst Sztuki, Poznań 2007.

Asia - Europe Mediations catalogue, 2007

Polska Sztuka Wideo (Polish Video Art), ed. Hanna Kuśmirek, Roman Bromboszcz, Sławomir Sobczak, Tomasz Wendland, published by IF MUSEUM Inner Spaces, Stowarzyszenie Kontekst Sztuki, Poznań 2006.

'The publication is a form of a dialogue among six curators and art theoreticians: Małgorzata Jankowska, Hanna Kuśmirek, Roman Bromboszcz, Piotr Krajewski, Łukasz Ronduda and Marek Wasilewski. The second part of the publication presents 21 Polish video artists, who took part in exhibitions and presentations of IF MUSEUM Inner Spaces and Arsenał City Gallery in Poznaniu, as well as Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlinie, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstlerforum and Victoria B in Bonn.'

Tomasz Wendland

Art Poznań Now, ed. Sławek Sobczak, published by IF MUSEUM Inner Spaces, Poznań 2004.

Art Poznań Now exhibition's catalogue. The event belonged to the programme of Biennale in Łódź. 

BYŁO/JEST/BĘDZIE – biennale's newspaper

BYŁO/JEST/BĘDZIE – biennale's newspaper


The second edition of 2010 Mediations Biennale was accompanied by 'Było / Jest / Będzie' newspaper. There were three issues of the newspapers in total – all of them in bilingual, Polish-English, editions.   

The first one gave readers some insight into the backstage preparations. There were published, among other texts, interviews with: Tomasz Wendland, the director of Mediations Biennale; Sławomir Sobczak, the executive director of the event; and Izabella Gustowska, an artist, a member of Mediations Biennale's programme panel.

In the following issues, the readers could read interviews (a.o.) with curators: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Tsutomu Mizusawa, and the director of National Museum in Poznań Wojciech Suchocki.

file icon pdf MB2010 Było/Jest/Bedzie nr 1

file icon pdf MB2010 Było/Jest/Bedzie nr 2



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