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São Paulo Biennial

Humayma / © Foto: Haupt and Binder, Universes in Universe

The São Paulo Biennial (Bienal de São Paulo) was founded in 1951 upon the initiative of industrialist Francisco (Ciccillo) Matarazzo Sobrinho (1898-1977). It is the second oldest art biennial in the world after Venice (in existence since 1895), which serves as its role model.

Its initial aim was to make contemporary art (primarily from Western Europe and the USA) known in Brazil, push the country's access to the current art scene in other metropolis, and establish Sao Paulo itself as an international art center. Naturally, the biennial always serves to bring Brazilian art closer to foreign guests.

Since the 4th edition in 1957, the São Paulo Biennial has been held at the Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo in the Parque do Ibirapuera. The pavilion was designed by a team lead by Oscar Niemeyer and Hélio Uchôa, and provides an exhibition space of 30,000 sqm.

In addition to the art biennial, an International Biennial for Architecture and Design has been held since 1973.


Organizer, contact:

Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera, Portão 3
Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo
04094-000 São Paulo - SP
Website / Email


Information in UiU

32nd São Paulo Biennial
10 September - 11 December 2016
Curator: Jochen Volz. Co-curators: Lars Bang Larsen, Gabi Ngcobo, Sofía Olascoaga, Júlia Rebouças

31st São Paulo Biennial
6 September - 7 December 2014
Team of curators: Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente, Oren Sagiv

30th São Paulo Biennial
8 September - 9 December 2012
Chief curator: Luis Pérez-Oramas

29th São Paulo Biennial
25 September - 12 December 2010
Curators: Moacir dos Anjos, Agnaldo Farias

28th São Paulo Biennial
26 October - 6 December 2008
Artistic director: Ivo Mesquita

27th São Paulo Biennial
7 October - 17 December 2006
Chief curator: Lisette Lagnado. Curators: Cristina Freire, Rosa Martínez, Adriano Pedrosa, José Roca, Jochen Volz

26th São Paulo Biennial
25 September - 19 December 2004
Chief curator: Alfons Hug

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