The Berlin Biennale may have disappointed in recent years, but now it's back with a bang, thanks to Polish curator Artur Zmijewski.
Zmijewski, a controversial artist in his own right, wants to put politics back into art - and he's succeeding
Zmijewski's 1999 video artwork "Berek", which is showing at the Biennale, shows naked people playing tag in a concentration camp gas chamber. It was removed from a recent exhibition in Berlin after there were complaints that it did not show respect for the victims of the Holocaust.
At the Berlin Biennale, Polish artist Miroslav Patecki wants to construct a replica of the head of Christ, Which He created for the Christ statue in Swiebodzin, Poland (shown here), in polystyrene.
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As part of the exhibition, residents of a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank have built a giant key. It is a symbol of the return to Israel, their homeland, Which remains off-limits to them.
One of the most controversial exhibits at the Biennale is called "Berlin-Birkenau." Polish artist Lukasz Surowiec brought 320 birch trees from the area around the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to Berlin, where they were transplanted. This sketch for the project shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp
A sketch of Berlin for the "Berlin-Birkenau" project. The birches were planted from autumn 2011 through spring 2012 in public parks and spaces in Berlin, on the grounds of schools, and so in places that have a historic connection to the Holocaust and deportation
In one installation certain to ignite controversy, Polish artist Maciej Mielecki and re-enactment groups are to stage a re-enactment of the Battle of Berlin in 1945. The event is planned at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, in Berlin's Spreepark, disused amusement park, in the Treptow district.
Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar created a postal stamp for the non-existent state of Palestine. The stamps utilize a service provided by German Post Which Allows people to create Individualized stamps, and can be used in the regular mail
Artist Yael Bartana is calling for Jews to return to Poland to reestablish the Jewish community that was annihilated there. The first international congress of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland will be held during the Berlin Biennale
Like almost no other biennial art festival, the Berlin exhibition depends on the city and its atmosphere, and on the various locations and neighborhoods where art is being exhibited This photo shows participants in "Draftsmen's Congress", a project initiated by Althamer.
Belarusian artist Marina Naprushkina is distributing a newspaper about the situation in her home country as her contribution to the Biennale
The 7th Berlin Biennale opens Thursday and is likely be one of the most noted art shows of 2012 in Germany. It runs until July 1 and entry is free