• 28th Biennal de São Paulo

    Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo
    Parque Ibirapuera, Portão 3
    October 26–December 6, 2008

    Curated by Ivo Mesquita and Ana Paula Cohen

    Not least by leaving empty the second floor of the massive Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, the curators of this year’s Bienal de São Paulo intend to create a “pause for reflection” on the vocation of the BSP as an institution as well as the hyperactivity of international exhibitions in general. Events and discussions addressing the crisis of the biennial model will be held on the first floor of the Oscar Niemeyer–designed building, along with more traditional artist’s talks, performances, and concerts, while the top floor will house a display of material from the archives of the biennial since its inception in 1951. Works from more than thirty-five artists, some engaging with the history of the BSP, will also be on view in and outside the pavilion. The biennial is accompanied by five publications, including an exhibition guide and a “newspaper” to be published periodically during the show’s run.

  • Walter Smetak

    Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM)
    Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, s/nº – Parque Ibirapuera
    September 25, 2008–January 15, 2009

    Curated by Arto Lindsay and Jasmin Pinho

    Although barely known outside Brazil, Walter Smetak (1913–1984) was a pioneer in the long-neglected terrain where visual art and music meet. Trained in Zurich, Salzburg, and Vienna (where he studied with Anton Webern), the Swiss composer, instrument maker, cellist, and writer emigrated in 1937 to Brazil, where he became a crucial influence on the country’s young musicians, including the Tropicalists Gilberto Gil and Tom Zé. This full-career survey, initiated by the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, presents a hundred of Smetak’s works, including approximately thirty of his trademark plásticas sonoras—sculpture-instruments, made from local materials—as well as two audio installations and a radio broadcast. The accompanying catalogue includes texts by Gil, Augusto de Campos, Paulo Dorado, and Antônio Riserio.