August 18, 2010 - Bienal de São Paulo - 2010
August 18, 2010


Tobias Putrih, Terreiro The skin of the invisible “Alvorada,” 2010
Wood, cardboard, seats, video projectors and sound system, approx. 120 m²

29th Bienal de São Paulo
“Há sempre um copo de mar para o homem navegar”
[There is always a cup of sea to sail in]

Sep 25 – Dec 12, 2010

Venue: Pavilion Ciccillo Matarazzo,
Parque do Ibirapuera, Portão 3
São Paulo/SP Brazil

Chief curators: Moacir dos Anjos and Agnaldo Farias
Guest-curators: Chus Martinez, Fernando Alvim, Rina Carvajal, Sarat Maharaj and Yuko Hasegawa

The Bienal de São Paulo is pleased to announce its 29th edition, which will take place between the 25th of September and 12th of December 2010 at the Bienal Pavilion. Based on the idea that art and politics have reached a level of almost non-distinction, being therefore urgent to emphasize art from other realms of knowledge, the exhibition, entitled “There is always a cup of sea to sail in,” is a tribute to the role of art in current times, both in Brazil and abroad. Presenting the work of 159 artists from several countries, this edition aims to be a celebration of art making itself, while asserting art’s own responsibility towards a critical reflection on the world.

Furthermore, the 29th Bienal aims to engage the visitor in this discussion through the construction of 6 Terreiros, platforms with a variety of functions whose name is taken from popular Brazilian culture. Displayed along the building, they were designed to perform as “dialogue hubs,” inviting the spectators to connect in debates while also offering them a comfortable environment to rest and reflect. In addition, the Terreiros will offer a rich program of videos, music, dance, theatre and lectures, where visitors will be able to share their experiences and dynamically take part in activities. Therefore, the curatorial project for the 29th Biennial does not exhaust itself in the presentation of an articulated set of works of art, even though this is clearly its core and main purpose. From the programming of each of the Terreiros, many questions will be raised and discussed, making clear the deep and diverse presence of art in life. Between a cup of sea to sail in and a piece of land on which to gather, art asserts its politics.

In this edition, a major concern has been given to develop an innovative educational project, strictly integrated within the curatorial concept. Educational activities have been happening since February, such as guided tours, studio visits, educator training, workshops and seminars, reaching different audiences through a variety of repertoires. This attitude aims to encourage dialogue and the personal experience of each one of the visitors with the artworks.

Participating Artists:

Adrian Piper | Aernout Mik | Ai Weiwei | Albano Afonso | Alberto Greco | Alessandra Sanguinetti | Alfredo Jaar | Alice Miceli | Allan Sekula | Allora & Calzadilla | Amar Kanwar |Amelia Toledo | Ana Gallardo | Andrea Büttner | Andrea Geyer | Andrew Esiebo | Anna Maria Maiolino | Anri Sala | Antonieta Sosa | Antonio Dias | Antonio Manuel | Antonio Vega Macotela | Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Archigram Group | Artur Barrio | Artur Żmijewski | CADA – Colectivo Acciones De Arte | Cao Fei | Carlos Bunga | Carlos Garaicoa | Carlos M Teixeira | Carlos Vergara | Carlos Zilio | Chantal Akerman |Chen Chieh-jen | Chim Pom | Cildo Meireles | Cinthia Marcelle | Claudia Joskowicz| Claudio Perna | Daniel Senise | David Claerbout | David Cury | David Goldblatt | David Lamelas | David Maljković | Deimantas Narkevicius | Dora García | Douglas Gordon | Eduardo Coimbra | Eduardo Navarro | Efrain Almeida | Emily Jacir | Enrique Ježik | Ernesto Neto | Fernando Lindote | Filipa César | Fiona Tan | Flávio de Carvalho | Francis Alÿs | Gabriel Acevedo Velarde | Gil Vicente | Graziela Kunsch | Grupo de Artistas de Vanguardia | Grupo Rex | Gustav Metzger | Guy de Cointet | Guy Veloso | Harun Farocki | Hélio Oiticica | Henrique Oliveira | High Red Center | Isa Genzken | Jacobo Borges | James Coleman | Jean-Luc Godard | Jeremy Deller | Jimmie Durham | Joachim Koester | Jonas Mekas | Jonathas de Andrade | José Leonilson | José Spaniol | Joseph Kosuth | Juliana Stein | Julie Ault & Martin Beck | Karina Skvirsky Aguilera | Kboco & Roberto Loeb | Kendell Geers | Kiluanji Kia Henda | Kimathi Donkor | Kutluğ Ataman | Livio Tragtenberg | Luiz Zerbini | Lygia Pape | Manfred Pernice | Manon de Boer | Marcelo Silveira | Marcius Galan | Maria Lusitano | Maria Thereza Alves | Marilá Dardot & Fabio Morais | Mário Garcia Torres | Marta Minujin |Mateo López | Matheus Rocha Pitta | Miguel Angel Rojas | Miguel Rio Branco | Milton Machado | Mira Schendel | Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian | Moshekwa Langa | Nástio Mosquito a.k.a Bofa da Cara | Nan Goldin | Nancy Spero | Nelson Leirner | Nnenna Okore | NS Harsha | Nuno Ramos | Oscar Bony | Oswaldo Goeldi |Otobong Nkanga | The Otolith Group | Palle Nielsen | Paulo Bruscky | Pedro Barateiro | Pedro Costa | Pixação SP | Qiu Anxiong | Raqs Media Colective | Roberto Jacoby | Rochelle Costi | Rodrigo Andrade | Ronald Duarte | Rosangela Rennó | Runa Islam | Samuel Beckett | Sandra Gamarra | Sara Ramo | Simon Fujiwara | Sophie Ristelhueber | Steve McQueen | Sue Tompkins | Superstudio | Susan Philipsz | Tacita Dean | Tamar Guimarães | Tatiana Blass | Tatiana Trouvé | Tobias Putrih | UNStudio | Wendelien van Oldenborgh | Wilfredo Prieto | Yael Bartana | Yoel Diaz Vazquez | Yonamine | Yto Barrada | Zanele Muholi | Zarina Bhimji

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