“Primera Bienal Iberoamericana de Lima”

Municipalidad de Lima

Biennials seem to be popping up everywhere, and now it’s Lima’s turn. The city recently chose to follow in the path taken by cities like Venice, São Paulo, Havana, Quenca, Istanbul, Johannesburg, and Kwangju. Last October, the Peruvian capital inaugurated the first Iberian-American biennial at the same time as the opening of the first Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The show’s organizers adopted the policy of showing the work of one artist per Iberian-American country (except in the case of Chile, which sent three artists, and Peru, which was represented by fifty chosen through a voting process), spread throughout fourteen centrally located buildings.

Biennial exhibitions seem to have become fabulously efficient diplomatic tools in a global era. Lima is no exception: the organizers invited artists and curators from many parts of the world to witness the city’s little-known artistic

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