9 – 19 September 1990

 The V edition of the Biennial was held in Marseille and was organized in a moment where the political situation in the town was beginning to be more and more oriented towards the development of cultural activities. The impact of these initiatives is still being felt and the Biennial project had become an integral part of this process.

For this edition the organizers decided to stress the connections between creation and market, inviting many gallery-owners, as well as directors of show halls and festivals. For that reason, for the first time in the history of the Biennial, professional curator took over the management of the show and exhibitions.

The desire for a certain professionalism was not the only aspect that Marseille brought to the event: in fact, for the first time, the Biennial opened its doors to the towns of Northern Africa, showing works of artists from Algeria and Tunisia.

Concerning the disciplines, there weren’t changes from the previous edition in Bologna, except for the opening up to a new discipline: the culinary arts.


About 600 young artists coming from 30 cities and 8 Countries (Algeria, Cyprus, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Tunisia, Yugoslavia) took part to the Biennial.

Among the artists to be signaled: Andrea Chiesi, visual artist from Modena, Michel Kelemenis, choreographer from Marseille, Let3, rock group from Rijeka, João Louro, visual artist from Portugal, Vinko Penezić and Krešimir Rogina, architects from Croatia, Monica Petracci, movie-maker from Italy, Al Darawish band, music group from Bari and Studio Imitacija Života, visual art group from Croatia.


The Vieille Charité hosted the bulk of the exhibitions. The Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre hosted the Design Exhibition. The major theatres, such as the Théâtre National de la Criée and the Théâtre du Gymnase hosted perfromances of contemporary music, dance and theatre. 

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Algeria: Popular Council of the City of Alger; Cyprus: Ministry of Education; France: City of Marseille, City of Lyon, City of Montpellier, City of Toulouse; Greece: City of Thessaloniki, Ministry of Culture; Italy: City of Bari, City of Bologna, City of Florence, City of Forlì, City of Milan, City of Modena, City of Naples, City of Parma, City of Prato, City of Reggio Emilia, City of Venice, City of Rome, City of Turin, ARCI Italy, ARCI Bari, ARCI Milan, ARCI Naples, ARCI Turin; Portugal: General Secretariat for Culture; Spain: City of Barcelona, City of Madrid, City of Seville, City of Valencia; Tunisia: City of Tunis; Yugoslavia: Goran Lisica Fox, Moderna Galerija Rijeka.


Office of Cultural Affairs of Marseilles


Robert P. Vigouroux – Mayor of Marseilles

Francis Allouch – Deputy Mayor

Management of the Biennial


Patrick Ciercoles

Secretary General

Gérard Gamet

Executive Manager

Olivier Fontaine


Liliane Schaus


Monique Dupré-Allal

Financial Consultant

Daniel Audry

Executive Assistant

Jeannine Bailet


Catherine Stein


Reception: Alexandre Aguillard, Odile Bottini, Xavier Cluzeau, Marianne Conchy, Gérard Coulet, Olivier Fournel, Melle Gambetta, Frédérique Garcia, Maria Gastaud, Georges Gregori, Catherine Grisoli, Pedro Lino, Patrick Massoue, Myriam Wassler, Yazid Oulab

Press Office: Heike Brail, France Irrmann, Fabrice Lextrait

Technical assistants: Valérie Bournet, Marie Coelho, Jean-Claude Grauer, Gilles Monge

External Advisors

Nelly Anglard, Charly Bové, Catherine Cherubini, Pierre Ciccotto, Joëlle Giordanno, Françoise Guichon, Isabelle Lesieur, Joëlle Metzger, Bernard Millet, Dominique Olmetta, Catherine Ormen, Emmanuel Ponsard, Nancy Racine, Florence Ricard

Public Partners

City of Marseilles; Ministry of Culture, Communication and “Major Works”; AFAA (Association Française d’Actions Artistiques); European Communities Commission; Regional Council for the Bouches du Rhône; Regional Office for Youth and Sport; Fonds d’Action Sociale

Private Partners

Caisse d’Epargne Bank; Crédit Municipal Bank; Caisse des Dépots et Consignations; Régie des Transports Marseillais; Pellegrin; Groupe Prado Sacem and Scotto Musique

The Biennial was organized under the patronage of François Mitterrand, President of the Republic. 




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