The Sao Paulo Museum of Art

Fans of art and culture should consider planning their Brazilian holidays around the 34th exhibition of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo. As well as the stunning São Paulo beach and scenes of natural beauty, the city is also renowned for its many cultural institutions. More than 20 of these institutions will be opening their doors to showcase captivating artistic collaborations in 2020.

What to expect from the 34th Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Created to raise awareness of contemporary art across Brazil, the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo is the world’s second-oldest art biennial and is expected to be bigger and better than ever for its 2020 instalment. The theme of the 34th edition is ‘relation’ and, rather fittingly, curator Jacopo Crivelli Visconti will be expanding the scope, both outside of the previous Biennial Pavilion venue and its usual time frame.

Previous editions ran from September through to December. However, in 2020, the first three solo shows will open between March and August in the Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, in collaboration with international institutions which have yet to be announced. The biennial’s main opening will be held in the pavilion, alongside three short-term performative events which will also take place during this time. The show will then evolve and grow throughout the year and across the city.

 “The first episodes of the Bienal, consisting of solo shows, can be considered as standalone statements,” explains Visconti. “Gradually, as the building becomes increasingly occupied, these exhibitions will begin to be placed in relation with other artworks and other reflections, becoming part of a more complex and interlinked discussion, which, in its final stage, will expand to the city.”

If you visit São Paulo from September next year, you will be able to explore multiple collaborative exhibitions across the city. Participating institutions include Centro Cultural São Paulo, the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, and the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, amongst others.

Alongside the Naples-born Visconti, a team of adjunct and guest curators are also working to bring the ambitious project to life. These include curator of the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Paulo Mivada; the curator at Museum Bojjmans Van Beuningen, Francesco Stocchi; artist Carla Zaccagnini, and the Rose Art Museum’s curator-at-large and LIGA DF director, Ruth Estévez.

How to get to the 34th Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Unlike previous editions of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, the year 2020 will see the scope stretch across the city, with the event opening taking place at the Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo. This is ideal for anyone planning their Brazil holidays during this time, as it gives you the opportunity to get to grips with São Paulo’s many wonderful cultural institutions.

Japan House in Sao Paulo

The theme of ‘relation’ sees the 2020 Bienal build a network of cultural connections, which further strengthen the event’s original aim to push the country’s access to art, establish the city as an international art centre, and share Brazil’s artistic flair with an international audience.

To get involved and experience this world-renowned event for yourself, make sure you plan your visit around the participating venues. The 21 institutions that have been announced so far are:

  • Associação Cultural Videobrasil
  • Casa do Povo
  • Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
  • Centro Cultural São Paulo
  • Centros Culturais da Cidade de São Paulo
  • Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado – FAAP
  • Instituto Bardi / Casa de Vidro
  • Instituto Moreira Salles
  • Instituto Tomie Ohtake
  • Itaú Cultural
  • Japan House São Paulo
  • Museu Afro Brasil
  • Museu da Cidade de São Paulo
  • Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo – MAC USP
  • Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP
  • Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo – MAM São Paulo
  • Museu Brasileiro da Escultura e Ecologia – MuBE
  • Museu Lasar Segall
  • Pinacoteca de São Paulo
  • Pivô
  • Sesc São Paulo

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