March 28, 2007 - Bienal de São Paulo - THE 1ST ENCOUNTER BETWEEN TWO SEAS
March 28, 2007

THE 1ST ENCOUNTER BETWEEN TWO SEAS

THE 1ST ENCOUNTER BETWEEN TWO SEAS
BIENAL DE SAO PAULO- VALENCIA

LATIN AMERICAN ART COMES TO EUROPE WITH THE CELEBRATION IN VALENCIA (SPAIN) OF THE 1ST ENCOUNTER BETWEEN TWO SEAS: BIENAL DE SAO PAULO- VALENCIA

From March 27 through June 17, 2007, the Mediterranean city of Valencia (Spain) will be the gateway in Europe for Ibero-American art, with the celebration on those dates of the 1st Encounter Between Two Seas: Bienal de Sao Paulo-Valencia.

Coinciding with the celebration in Valencia of the 33rd America’s Cup the most important nautical competition in the world the city will bring together over 170 artists who, from Latin America and all around Spain, will show their creations under the theme Tolerance and Solidarity, the guiding principles of this year’s Encounter Between Two Seas.

This important contemporary art event, organized by the Generalitat Valencian (Regional Government of Valencia), benefits from the collaboration and support of what is regarded as the second most important biennale in the world, the Bienal de Sao Paulo of Brazil, thanks to a collaboration agreement signed with its Foundation. As a result of this agreement, the Bienal de Sao Paolo will be able, for the first time in its history, to present the artists and works showcased in Brazil in a European context.

The 1st Encounter Between Two Seas: Bienal de Sao Paulo-Valencia will offer a total of five major shows, located at different exhibition spaces. They range from a selection of the most representative works launched during the last 15 years of the Sao Paulo biennale curated by Agnaldo Farias and Jacopo Crivelli, the latter the Brazilian curator of the Venice Biennale to an exhibition on Afro-Brazilian and popular art curated by Emanoel Araujo. Apart from these two shows, visitors to the I Encounter Between Two Seas will be able to see the exhibition titled Other Versions of the Contemporary: The Trials of Living Together which, with Kevin Power and Ticio Escobar as curators, will show the unique vision that different Ibero-American artists have of today’s world, addressing the concepts of globalization and multiculturalism.

The 1st Encounter Between Two Seas rounds out its artistic offer with an exhibition put together by Jordan, as guest country, under the title Jordan, Transculturality and Tolerance, curated by Khalid Khreis.

Finally, Spanish artists will also have a place at the I Encounter Between Two Seas, with the exhibition Anamnesis a collective artistic reflection on the synergy between new technologies and the influence of the past.

An immense equine figure made out of wood by the Mexican artist Marcos Ramírez Erre, which brings to mind the mythic sculpture of the Trojan horse, has been selected as the image of the 1st Encounter Between Two Seas.

The overlapping of dates between the 1st Encounter Between Two Seas and the next Americas Cup will make Valencia and Spain international points of interest. The visitors who will come to Valencia to enjoy these two events will discover a modern European city, cosmopolitan and open to the sea, with an acute artistic and cultural sensitivity. A city which has managed to reconcile to perfection its European and international ambitions with respect for its traditions, history and most deeply-rooted customs. We’re waiting for you.

If you wish to know more about the 1st Encounter Between Two Seas: Bienal de Sao Paulo-Valencia, you can find more information at www.encuentroentredosmares.com, or by e-mailing the following addresses: prensa@encuentroentredosmares.com or press@encuentroentredosmares.com

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