“The 4th Industrial Art Biennial begins on September 17, 2022 In partnership with the Archaeological Museum of Istria (AMI) and the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria (PPMI) in Pula, as well as the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMSU) in Rijeka, from September 17 to October 29, 2022, the 4th Industrial Art Biennial (IAB 04) will take place in Labin, Raša, Pula and Rijeka.

Continuing the path set by previous biennials (2014/2016/2018/2020), it will again have an emphasis on contemporary art and socially engaged new art practices with a multi-perspectival, interdisciplinary approach. Participating artists are expected to question the relationship between art and society, with an emphasis on historical, cultural, social and the political context of the two main biennial locations: Labin & Raša. Among other issues they’ll explore and consider how to restore solidarity in the post-crisis context, and how to build, develop and promote it within their cultural and artistic practices.

The 4th edition of IAB will be again structured into 3 geographically separate but thematically interconnected exhibition complexes: Labin (Socio-Cultural Center “Lamparna”, ex-mining site Pijacal, City Library and some open public spaces) and the neighbouring ex-mining town of Raša (former mine administration building, former miners’ canteen, Church of St. Barbara), will function as the starting point and the core of the Biennale, from which it will expand toward Pula (Augustus Temple, Gallery Amphitheater, Zerostrasse – tunnels below the city centre) and Rijeka (MMSU). One of the exhibitions of the Biennial might be held underground for the first time, in the ex-undermine “Karlota” in Raša.

The curators of the 4th Biennial will be Christoph Doswald and Paolo Bianchi from Switzerland. “The Industrial Revolution was not only followed by profound economic and social changes. It also led to a radical change in our understanding of art: Modernism, Futurism, Expressionism, and Impressionism are artistic reactions to the mechanisation of the world. New modes of expression were needed to understand the radical transformation of society. The 4th IAB reflects how the Istrian Peninsula, including the cities of Rijeka, Pula, Labin, and Raša, was particularly influenced in many ways by these processes and was home to an impressive number of pioneering personalities and initiatives – attempting to turn utopian ideas into reality”.

“…artists with different backgrounds will be invited to develop on-site interventions, to undertake intensive field studies, and to research on specific utopian sources in a beautiful and rich territory. The exhibition-project is an innovative tribute to the utopian energy of the Istrian peninsula, with a focus on today’s social, cultural, and economical challenges.”

(C. Doswald and P. Bianchi, December 2021).