Sharjah

Thomas Ruff, w.h.s.02, 2000.

Thomas Ruff, w.h.s.02, 2000.

Sharjah

São Paulo Bienal

Various Venues
Sharjah United Arab Emirates
March 23–June 2, 2002

Curated by Alfons Hug

Having survived the political rumblings that shook its foundations in 2000, the twenty-fifth edition of the São Paulo Bienal takes as its theme “Metropolitan Iconographies,” as reflected in the work of some 150 artists. In this multisection exhibition organized by German curator Alfons Hug, the focus is on eleven key cities (from New York to Beijing) as well as a fantasy twelfth metropolis comprising artists who live and work in multiple locations, such as Vanessa Beecroft and Carsten Höller. This year, sixty-five countries have sent national representatives (Kara Walker for the United States); the exhibition also includes special solo shows dedicated to Andreas Gursky, Sean Scully, Julião Sarmento, Thomas Ruff, and Jeff Koons.

Translated from Portuguese by Camila Viegas.