The 31st Sao Paulo Bienal will soon be opening it’s doors to the public , this will be the third or fourth one I will have been to and they are always worth a visit. Held in the Oscar Niemeyer designed Bienal Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park (see my photo below of the inside), it is a massive event, in fact my main complaint each time is that it is too big, and there are just too many things to see. As it is free and runs until December, there is plenty of time to make more than one visit. Although it may also be advisable to skip the initial days as no doubt there will be a lot of interest, and if your like me then a overly busy gallery is not very pleasurable.
As far as the artists involve go, I am not very familiar with any of the names on the list, but there is always a mix of interesting stuff, usually with some interactive parts.
The theme for this years Bienal is How to (…) things that don’t exist, which they begin to explain on the Bienal webisite :
“The title of the 31st Bienal de São Paulo, How to (…) things that don’t exist, is a poetic invocation of art’s capacities, of its ability to reflect and act upon on life, power and belief. The sentence, neither a question nor a proposition, entangles, through art, the mystical and spiritual side of life with political and social ideals – all this in a constantly changing world. It intends to communicate optimism about the possibilities of art today – an optimism that echoes that of the Bienal and the projects within it. The range of possibilities for action and intervention is open – an openness that is the reason for the first of the two verbs in the title to constantly change, anticipating the actions that might make present these things that don’t exist. We started by talking about them, later to move onto living with them. This was followed by using, struggling against and learning from those same things, in a list that has no end.”
The rest can be read here, as its quite a large introduction.
WHERE: Bienal Pavilion, Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, Ibirapuera Park, Gate 3, Sao Paulo, SP
WHEN: 6th September – 7th December, 2014. Tue, Thur, Fri, Sun and holidays: 9am – 7pm (last entry 6pm), Wed, Sat: 9am – 10pm (last entry 9pm), Closed on mondays. Free admission.