Quadrilateral Biennale (BQ) is an identifier exhibition of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which also belongs to crucial cultural projects of the City of Rijeka. Built upon a rich tradition of regional events - Biennale of Young Yugoslav Artists (1960–1991), Biennale of Young Artists of the European Mediterranean (1993–1997) - the New Biennale is founded on the diplomatic initiative of the Quadrilateral, which since 2000 encompasses Croatia, Italy, Hungary, and Slovenia. Their artistic collaboration and exchange is developing according to the logics of similar cultural atmosphere and historical links of the today independent states, members of the European Union, and Croatia, a candidate country. In the quadrilateral neighbourhood, Rijeka as the host of this event represents the intersection of influences, ideas, and experiences of the East and the West, Middle Europe, and the Mediterranean.
Measured with the beat of the digital era, 3rd Quadrilateral Biennale represents a conceptual turn in comparison to previous biennales, Relativism in 2005 (http://www2.mmsu.hr/hr/izlozbe/bq/index.html) and Heroes of Culture, 2007 (http://www2.mmsu.hr/en/bq_2/). In its set-up the media criterion has been applied, in enhanced format, with a multi-event program and open positioning on the regional map and the city map of Rijeka.
The curatorial team – Christiane Paul (USA/GER), Nina Czegledy (HU), Peter Tomaž Dobrila (SL), Darko Fritz (HR), and Elena Giulia Rossi (IT) will present 16 works of media and digital art, one of the most innovative fields of art in its aesthetic and technological constellations. On display in the MMSU and at several other Rijeka venues, the exhibition will be integrated into the urban space of Rijeka, which, during the time of the Biennale, will turn the city into the regional centre of new media art.