The 30th São Paulo Biennial is taking place from September 7th to December 9th! Founded in 1951, it is held every two years. The Biennial foundation puts on exhibitions of contemporary art all the world over and is the second oldest in the world after the Venice Biennale.
One of the original objectives of these São Paulo art exhibitions was to further establish São Paulo as an international art centre and some of the exhibitions that it is putting on this year certainly succeed in emphasising its position as a centre of international contemporary art.
This year the Biennal goes under the title, The Imminence of Poetics! It is working on the premise that there is a permanent dialogue that exists between artistic poetics. The exhibition aims to be an event that is capable of producing constellations of works and artists that converse amongst themselves. The curators have established four conceptual notions to suit this idea: Survivals, Alterforms, Drifts and Voices and Reverse. There will be works on show for the first time and works especially commissioned for the event.
The exhibitions are taking place at Pavilhao da Bienal – Parque Ibirapuera – Portao 3 – Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral and the visiting hours are: Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun and Holidays: 9am to 7pm (last admission 6pm), Wed, Fri: 9am to 10pm (last admission 9pm) and it’s closed on Mondays! Admission is free! So there is no excuse to not get down there and check out some of the hottest contemporary art on show!
Alexandre Moreira at Avenida Paulista
During the Biennal there will also be art displayed in interventions at various points throughout the city! One of particular note is the intervention at Luz train station on Avenida Paulista.
Work by the artist, Alexndre Navarro Moreira, is being displayed in newspaper stands in São Paulo’s best known thoroughfare. The work includes posters from his Apocrifo series. This series features portraits that exhibit human faces blended with the noise of the city! Moreira started the series in 2001 and therefore has been in development for a while!
The public placement of this art could not make it more accessible and therefore there is no excuse to miss out!
Jutta Koether e Benet Rossell at MASP
From 4th-9th December at the São Paulo Museum of Art, there is a presentation of what happened when two artists got involved in the exhibition of Deuses e Madonna!
There is a focus on Nicolas Poussin’s painting Hymenaios Disguised as a Woman During an Offering to Priapus – which depicts the Greek God of marriage ceremonies dressed as a woman and dancing with Priapus – Jutta Koether presents three new paintings that revisit the different stages of the recently concluded restoration process of the work. Alongside Koether’s paintings that interpret Poussin’s masterpiece, is Ceremonials.
This is a film produced by Catalan artist Benet Rossel in collaboration with Joan Rabascall, Antoni Miralda, Jaume Xifra and Dorothee Selz. The combination of both the paintings and the film make the exhibition at MASP on Avenida Paulista a very exciting prospect. So make sure you get there between: Tue-Sun: 11am-6pm, Thur: 11am-8pm.
Charlotte Posennske na Estacao da Luz
Estacao da Luz is Sao Paulo’s most frequented train station! During the Biennal exhibition it is playing host to a minimal sculpture from Charlotte Posenenske’s series D Square Tubes
Posenenske was one of Germany’s leading artists in the 1960s. She used industrially produced materials and assembled the elements into different forms. Her sculptures were also in the form of the every day and she was passionate about installing her creations in transport hubs.
This presentation will be first of Posenenske’s work to be shown in Brazil so that is particularly exciting and obviously not to be missed!
Maryanne Amacher at Capela do Morumbi
The late Maryanne Amacher is a composer and sound artist. Her work is being presented in Capela do Morumbi from 5th September to 9th December – so you have plenty of time to check it out but that doesn’t mean you can miss the opportunity to listen to her recordings that are being showcased in a specifically conceived installation.
Alongside the recordings you can view a selection of documents from the Amacher Archive – which gives the sounds a bit of context! It is one of the different types of contemporary art on display at the Biennal that gives the exhibition so much color and it is well worth a look.
Its opening hours are: Tue-Sun: 9am-5pm and Capela Morumbi can be found on Avenida Morumbi, 5.387, Morumbi, São Paulo
Hugo Canoilas at Casa do Bandeirante
Casa do Bandeirante is a spectacular example of colonial architecture and alongside the Museum of Bandierantes (Portugese Explorers), makes the perfect location to showcase a project by Hugo Canoilas.
Canoilas presents paintings of his research into the traces of Bandeirantes explorations that took place during the 16th and 18th century. The display contains works ranging from videos to paintings alongside photographic transfers of local flora – making for an eclectic and fascinating exhibition.
To see this wide variety of work on the Bandierantes go to Casa do Bandeirante, Praca, Monteiro Lobato, Butanta, Sao Paulo! The opening hours are 9am-5pm, Tue-Sun.
Sergei Tcherepnin with Ei Awakwa
Casa Modernista was built in 1928 and is considered the first modernist building in Brazil. Tscherepin has developed a series of works that specifically relate to the history and architecture of this residence that was designed and formerly inhabited by Russo-Brazilian architect Gregori Warchavchik and his family.
Tcherepnin and Arakawa present two different series of sound sculptures investigating tonal perception. Visitors get an interactive experience and are encouraged to operate the works with the assistance of a musician for a few hours each day and explore listening as kinetic process. A great way to full engage with contemporary art!!
Casa Modernista is on 325 Rua Santa Cruz, Vila Mariana and is open between 9am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday.
Jose Arnaud-Bello, Robert Smithson and Xu Bing at Museu de Arte Brasileira de FAAP
Between 6th September and 4th November, FAAP is showcasing installations, photographs and other works by Jose Arnaud Bell, an array of films by land artist Robert Smithson including: Spiral Jetty, MonoLake and Swamp. Chinese artist Xu Bing is exhibiting two of his key projects: The Forest Project, that connects art and education to raise funds destined to the planting of trees in endangered areas and Book from the Ground, a romance written entirely in Universal Iconic language.
This incredible variety of different types of contemporary art by different artists is surely not to be missed! FAAP is on 903 Rua Alagoas, Higienopolis and open between 10am-8pm, Tue-Fri and 1pm-6pm on Sat, Sun and holidays!
Bruno Munari at Instituto Tomie Ohtake
This exhibition does not start till 7th November and for that reason goes on until 17th February 2013. It is a thoroughly extensive exhibition of Bruno Munari’s work that allows a complete understanding of his creativity.
Bruno Munari was a pivotal Italian artist and pedagogue from the 20th century and dozens of art works, books and design objects conceived by him between the 1920s and 1990s are on display.
You can check out Bruno Munari’s work at Instituto Tomie Ohtake on Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 201 between 11am-8pm, Tue-Sun.