PAVILION UNICREDIT
INFO POINT BB3
Sos. Nicolae Titulescu nr. 1 (Piata Victoriei)

Most of the 140 million inhabitants of Russia live in communist block of flats, in apartments they call hruschiovi ("hruschiovs"), named after the former communist leader from the '60s, the period when they were built. But the initiator of the project was actually Stalin. He imagined them and he also turn the project into reality. As a country dominated by Russia for 45 years, Romania may pride itself on the same type of habitat. Hruschiovi have some small kitchenettes, but at least they have them, and this was a big step forward, as compared to the so-called communalki. Kommunalki had common kitchens, common bathrooms and, sometimes, common bedrooms. The idea of the New Man (or "New Soviet Man"), who has nothing to hide, went into the background. The comfort becomes now the major instrument of the propaganda.
PAVILION UNICREDIT, the center of contemporary art and culture, is located in Victoria Square, being placed at the ground floor of such a building. The aforementioned space became a banking center in 1993 and it has stayed like this for the last 15 years. The actual building of the block started in the years of the communist regime and it was concluded five years after the fall of the communism. The hruschiovi from the center of Bucharest have witnessed the changes of a Stalinist society into a capitalist society, with strong social and political marks. BB3 uses this space for the implicit messages it conveys, for its location (right across the center of the executive power - the Romanian Government building) and, moreover, for its history, so easily forgotten. It is a space for the knowledge and interest in society, city and community.
PAVILION UNICREDIT is a work-in-progress independent space (with its official opening scheduled for October 2008), a space for the production and research in the fields of audiovisual, discursive and performative. It is a space of the critical thinking, and it promotes an artistic perspective implying the social and political involvement of the art and of the cultural institutions.
Nevertheless, the basic function of the space will remain the concretisation.

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Museum of Geology
Sos.Kiseleff nr. 2

Set up in the historical building of the Romanian Geological Institute (1906), the National Geological Museum was opened for public in 1990. The interesting aspects of this space range from both, the perspective of the originality of the collections setting and from the perspective of the public that enters the museum and the historical-emotional charged atmosphere.
Storing a patrimony of over 80 000 samples of minerals, rocks and fossils, the museum is organized as a book, illustrating the main domains of geology.
Carol the Ist, prince of German origin brought to rule Romania through the decision of the Parliament in 1866, is considered founder of modern Romania, is also the founder of the Geological Museum. The regulation signed by the monarch foresaw: "mineral and rock collections of our country will be organized, which, with the approval of the director, will be visited and consulted by the public".
The current building, finished in 1908, following the project of the famous architect Victor Stefanescu, in a neo-brancovenesc style, was declared an architectonical monument. It is situated on the main artery of Bucharest, Sos. Kiseleff nr. 2, continuing itself in Victoriei Boulevard, which is today the major boulevard of Romania's capital city.
The boulevard on which the National Geological Museum is located, is the area for promenades and relaxation of Bucharest, continuing itself in Victoriei Boulevard, shopping area, representative for the radical capitalism that modified the aspect of Bucharest.

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TC
Str. Lipscani 63-65 - Hanul cu Tei

TC is surrounded by famous monuments of the Bucharest, such as Curtea Sticlarilor ("The Glassblowers' Court"), Hanul lui Manuc ("Manuc's Inn"), Curtea Domneasca ("The Voivodal Court") or the National Bank building, creating altogether a an attractive mediaeval atmosphere in the vicinity. Close to it one can find Lipscani Street, the street after which the entire quarter was named and which, in its turn, was named after the merchant who used to sell here the merchandise brought from "Lipsca" (Leipzig).
Hanul cu Tei ("Linden Inn") is a small passageway between two central streets from Bucharest. It houses TC and it is probably the most famous place from the Romanian capital city. Its memory is connected with a great commercial tradition, but also with a period of intense criminal activity, that started once the city of Bucharest had been forcibly taken over by the Red Army. The criminal groups have invaded the city. That was a time when prostitution, black market and bootlegging were the orders of the day. Hanul cu Tei was positioned amidst this criminal reality.
Hanul cu Tei was built in 1834 by two merchants and it moved along in the history together with the city. Until the construction of the big general stores, following the Parisian fashion, Hanul cu Tei was the most active commercial center. There are books written about this place. Today, right here, on a traditionalist street, among paints, religious and classic paintings from bygone days, BB3 intervenes with the contemporary artists, contrasting with the space.
As a space of the Biennale, TC Art Gallery will be "a case apart". Thus, the famous street reaches to be a revitalized, renewed, enriched space.

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SIMEZA
Bd. Gh. Magheru nr. 20

ORIZONT
Bd. Nicolae Balcescu nr. 23A

Simeza and Orizont are two of the most well-known exhibition spaces for classical art in Bucharest. Situated on the main boulevard of Bucharest (Gheorghe Magheru) they enjoy an extraordinary bypass traffic. The galleries belong to the Union of Plastic Artists and have been established in the 1960s, having displayed communist art for many years.
The galleries that have become symbols for classical art in Romania will be 'occupied' by Bucharest Biennale through the intervention of contemporary art works, thus creating a parallel between the involved art from the 60's and the involved art from more recent years - or to make good for something that have been missed.
The insertion of spaces that haven't displayed contemporary art for 50 years serves the Biennales purposes of transforming Bucharest in a field of artistic action and remodeling the agitated speech of generations of Romanian artists in a coherent and rational dialogue.
The boulevard on which the National Geological Museum is located, is the area for promenades and relaxation of Bucharest, continuing itself in Victoriei Boulevard, shopping area, representative for the radical capitalism that modified the aspect of Bucharest.

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FEERIA
Sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti nr. 44A

The comercial center Galeriile Feeria was build in 2006 and is the biggest commercial center in Central and East-Europe. It includes a wide-range of different commercial shops - most of them multinational companies, some of them appearing in this center for the first time in Romania and thus bringing the same furniture, clothes and other merchandise than everywhere else.
It is located outside of Bucharest's downtown area, next to the both airports, but still easy to reach and, like most shopping malls, developed for people, who especially drive there with the only focus on consuming. This will be Bucharest Biennale's Foucaultian heterotopia.
Feeria represents the cumulus of consumerism and globalisation to which Bucharest is more than a witness. The central part of the galleries where the hypermarket is located, it is also a space in which the BB3 will introduce contemporary artwork that speaks about the topography of identity.

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