Bergen Assembly 2013 Monday Begins on Saturday

On 31 August 2013 Monday Begins on Saturday, the first edition of Bergen Assembly, opens to the public. Bergen Assembly warmly invites you to join the public opening ceremony at 11am on 31 August at Bergen Kunsthall.

Monday Begins on Saturday takes the form of an international exhibition, publication, and symposium. The exhibition, which will be on view in Bergen from 31 August to 27 October 2013, presents the positions of more than 50 international artists working in a variety of media. Spread over 11 venues in Bergen, the exhibition gathers works that are outcomes of critical-imaginative research into the heightened contradictions and particular injustices of our time.

As a contemporary rewriting of the Soviet fantasy novel Monday Begins on Saturday by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, from which its title is derived, the exhibition is conceived as an archipelago of fictitious research institutes that defamiliarize the existing identity and implications of the exhibition’s venues.

Bergen Kunsthall as the Institute of the Disappearing Future / KODE 4 as the Institute of Anti-Formalism / KODE 1 as the Institute of Imaginary States / Rom8 as the Institute of Tropical Fascism / KNIPSU as the Institute of Love and the Lack Thereof / Entrée as the Institute of Political Hallucinations / Visningsrommet USF as the Institute of Zoopolitics / Stiftelsen 3,14 as the Institute of Perpetual Accumulation / Østre as the Institute of Pines and Prison Bread / The School Museum as the Institute of Lyrical Sociology / Bergen Kjøtt as the Institute of Defensive Magic

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas / Christian von Borries / Olga Chernysheva / Chto Delat / Keti Chukhrov / Carlfriedrich Claus / Lars Cuzner and Fadlabi / Josef Dabernig / Stephan Dillemuth / Dora García / Ritwik Ghatak / Gnezdo Group / Pedro Gómez-Egaña / Boris Groys / Inti Guerrero / Tomás Gutiérrez Alea / Dmitry Gutov / Ane Hjort Guttu / Jan Peter Hammer / Kiluanji Kia Henda / Francis Hunger / IRWIN / Ilya and Emilia Kabakov / Yuri Leiderman and Andrey Silvestrov / Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle / Ivan Melnychuk and Oleksandr Burlaka—Grupa Predmetiv / Eduardo Molinari—Archivo Caminante (in collaboration with Azul Blaseotto, Ana Broccoli, Ala Plástica, Hernán Cardinale) / Anna Oppermann / Uriel Orlow / Our Literal Speed / Pavel Pepperstein / Aleksandr Rodchenko / Roee Rosen / Ada Rybachuk and Volodymyr Melnychenko / Renata Salecl / Konstanze Schmitt / Mrinal Sen / Benedict Seymour / Andreas Siekmann and Alice Creischer / Maxim Spivakov / Imogen Stidworthy / Władisław Strzemiński / Pyotr Subbotin-Permyak / Pelin Tan and Anton Vidokle / Mariusz Tarkawian / Minze Tummescheit and Arne Hector—cinéma copains / Urban Fauna Laboratory / Dimitri Venkov (in collaboration with Antonina Baever) / Jan Verwoert / Clemens von Wedemeyer / Wong Men Hoi

Exhibition architecture developed by the curatorial team and Studio Miessen (Markus Miessen, Diogo Passarinho, Yulia Startsev, Martin Pohl, Mehran Mojtahedzadeh, Sophie Burgess)

Monday Begins on Saturday is accompanied by a short guide to the exhibition and a comprehensive publication, published by Bergen Assembly and Sternberg Press.

The symposium of Monday Begins on Saturday features keynotes, dialogues, and panel discussions with the project’s contributors. It elucidates the backgrounds and implications of the exhibition, delving both into its historical contexts and unraveling its contemporary situation in two intense days of public discussion.

Keynote lectures by Renata Salecl, Oxana Timofeeva and Jan Verwoert
Participants: Will Bradley, Christian von Borries, Keti Chukhrov, Alice Creischer, Stephan Dillemuth, Cecilia Gelin, Inti Guerrero, Dmitry Gutov, Ane Hjort Guttu, Nataša Ilić, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Benedict Seymour
Moderators: Ekaterina Degot & David Riff

Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

Bergen Kunsthall: 31 August–2 October
Østre: 31 August–16 October
All other venues: 31 August–27 October

Curators: Ekaterina Degot and David Riff

For more details, visiting and venue information, image material, and to read the full version of the curatorial concept, please visit