São Paulo

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Atomic Park (film version), 2003/2004, still from a black-and-white video, 8 minutes 14 seconds. From 27th Bienal de São Paulo.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Atomic Park (film version), 2003/2004, still from a black-and-white video, 8 minutes 14 seconds. From 27th Bienal de São Paulo.

São Paulo

27th Bienal de São Paulo

Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo
Parque Ibirapuera, Portão 3
July 23, 2013–December 17, 2006

Curated by Lisette Lagnado

The international biennial may be taken as an emblem—if not a symptom—of today’s global art world, but this direct descendant of the nineteenth-century world’s fair has yet to shed the nationalistic trappings of the bygone era from which it emerged. That is, until now. In a bid to bring the Bienal de São Paulo fully into the twenty-first century, Lisette Lagnado and her team (Adriano Pedrosa, Cristina Freire, José Roca, Rosa Martinez, and Jochen Volz) have dispensed entirely with the concept of “national representation” and invited 109 artists from around the world. An additional ten, including Marjetica Potrc, Minerva Cuevas, and Florian Pumhösl, will reside in Brazil for several months, creating projects that respond to their ensuing cross-cultural encounters and to the exhibition’s broader theme, “How to Live Together,” drawn from the title of Roland Barthes’s 1977 lecture series.