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São Paulo's new curator

On November 21 the Bienal Foundation of São Paulo confirmed the appointment of German Alfons Hug as curator of the 25th Bienal, scheduled for April 2002—the first time a non-Brazilian has helmed the event. But given the crisis that has rocked the institution since May of last year—two postponements and infighting that resulted in the resignation of six council members and curator Ivo Mesquita (see November issue)—now is as good a time as any for an outsider to step in.

Indeed, many in the Brazilian art world support the appointment of a foreign curator: “Choosing a stranger is a good thing because he’s not part of the political games that surround the Bienal,” explains emerging artist Jurandy Valença. Marcia Fortes, codirector of the Galeria Camargo Vilaça, agrees: “Let’s lust say that this will be a major opportunity for growth on the part of the curator.” Mesquita himself

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