This week the São Paulo Bienal Pavilion opens its doors to another edition of one of the largest art exhibitions in the country, and one of the most important in the world, along with Venice Biennale and Documenta in Germany.
But this year it comes with an added novelty that only makes it more unmissable. Curated by seven professionals from various countries, they decided to focus the artists not only on exhibiting the pieces, but also on the process of creating them. Thus, presentations will include not only works but “projects”.
There are 81 projects, with individual or collective authorship, involving more than 100 artists and approximately 250 works.
The theme that made this idea possible is also relatively open: ‘How to (…) things that do not exist’, with one of the verbs open, in order for each artist to take on the concept that most suited them. How to create, destroy, paint, sing, discuss things that do not exist, things that are not recognized as things, or things that have not yet been invented.
Many of these artists were invited to homes in Brasil, some being taken to the remotest corners of the country, to feed their work with the local culture, and many others came to develop them in the pavilion itself. Over half of the projects were developed exclusively for this exhibition.
In addition to the pavilion, a series of activities will take place in Ibirapuera park and other parts of the city until closure on December 7. Performances will be open by appointment, conversations with artists, processions, lectures, open studios and the presentation of the film “… – OHPERA – MUDA – …” in a temporary cinema. There will be a symposium called Programa no Tempo, which have a great program discussing three important themes which are: Uses of Art, Right to the City and Trans-(Religion / Gender). Moreover, the entrance to the pavilion will house a large open square, called Área Parque. The soirees and performances there will take place fortnightly on Wednesdays evenings, and every Sunday afternoon.
31st BIENAL DE SÃO PAULO
SEPTEMBER 6 TO DECEMBER 7, 2O14
TUES, THURS, FRI, SUN AND HOLIDAYS: 9AM – 19H (ENTRY UNTIL 18H)
WED, SAT: 9AM – 22H (ENTRY UNTIL 21H)
CLOSED ON MONDAYS. FREE ADMISSION.
* Photos Ola Persson