25TH BIENAL DE SÃO PAULO SHOWS URBAN DRAMA IN THE WORK OF 190 ARTISTS FROM 70 COUNTRIES, TO OPEN MARCH 23, 2002
The Fundação Bienal de São Paulo will be opening its 25th Biennial at 11 a.m. on March 23, 2002. There will be no press preview. With the theme of Iconografias Metropolitanas [Metropolitan Iconographies], the exhibition will be held in 30,000 square meters of exhibition space on the three floors of the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, home of the Fundação Bienal, portão 3, Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil.
This edition of the biennial - which is considered to be one of the three most important events of its kind in the world - features 190 artists from 70 different countries. The chief curator is Alfons Hug, with curator Agnaldo Farias in charge of the Brazilian representation.
The 25th Bienal de São Paulo is divided into 5 main segments: “11 Metropolises”, “National Representations”, “Brazilian Nucleus”, Special Project Rooms and “Net Art”. The “11 Metropolises” are: São Paulo, Caracas, New York, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, London, Berlin and Moscow. Each metropolis is represented by five artists. The so-called 12th City is “the design of a Utopia”, according to the curators.
The “National Representations” segment presents the works of artists from 70 countries (one artist per country). The Bienal has encouraged the participation of a large number of African and Asian countries, which usually get little exposure in contemporary art shows.
For the “Brazilian Nucleus”, curator Agnaldo Farias selected 30 artists from 10 different Brazilian states with the aim of showing the cutting edge of the national production. According to him, “it is a mapping of a complex and fascinating universe; the ancient polis exploded and gathered in unexpected versions”.
25th BIENAL DE SÃO PAULO
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25TH BIENAL DE SÃO PAULO: SELECTED ARTISTS
Chief Curator: Alfons Hug
Alexander Pilis (resident of Barcelona, Spain), Ana Miguel (DF), Brígida Baltar (RJ), Cao Guimarães (MG), Chelpa Ferro (RJ), Daniel Acosta (RS), Eduardo Frota (CE), Eliane Prolik (PR), Fábio Cardoso (SP), Gil Vicente (PE), José Bechara (RJ), José Damasceno (RJ), José Rufino (PB), Carina Weidle (PR), Marcelo Solá (GO), Marcos Chaves (RJ), Marepe (BA), Oriana Duarte (PE), Paulo Whitaker (SP), Ricardo Basbaum (RJ), Sérgio Sister (SP), Helmut Batista, Carmela Gross (SP).
Berlin: Olaf Metzel, Katharina Grosse, Frank Thiel, Michael Wesely, Franz Ackermann.
12TH CITY - “UTOPIAN CITY”
Armin Linke (Italy), Arthur Omar (Brazil), Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congo), Carsten Hoeller (Germany), Huang Yong Ping & Shen Yuan (China), Isay Weinfeld & Marcio Kogan (Brazil), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Maurício Dias & Walter Riedweg (Brazil), Robert Cabot (France), Sarah Sze (USA), Yutaka Sone (Japan), Spencer Tunick (USA).
SPECIAL PROJECT ROOMS (Brazil)
Carlos Fajardo (SP), Karin Lambrecht (RS), Nelson Leirner (RJ).
SPECIAL PROJECT ROOMS (Foreign Artists)
Julião Sarmento (Portugal), Sean Scully (Ireland), Thomas Ruff (Germany), Andreas Gursky (Germany), Jeff Koons (United States), Vanessa Beecroft (Italy).
AFRICAN VIDEO-ART (National Representations)
Mawuli Afatsiawo (Ghana), Moshekwa Langa, Zwelethu Mthethwa (South Africa), Goddy Leye (Cameroon), Ingrid Mwangi (Kenia), Papisthione (Senegal).
Curator: Rudolf Frieling, ZKM, Karlsruhe (Germany)
1) Bunting & Lialina (England / Russia)
2) Carol Flax & Trebor Scholz (USA)
3) CALC & Johannes Gees (Spain / Switzerland)
4) Francesca da Rimini (Italy)
5) Gruppo A12, Udo Noll & Peter Scupelli (Germany / Italy / USA)
6) Jody Zellen (USA)
7) Kristin Lucas (USA)
8) Marina Grzinic & Aina Smid (Slovenia)
9) Shi Yong (China)
10) Stanza (England)
11) Roberto Cabot (France / Brazil / Germany)
Curator: Cristine Mello
1) Kiko Goifman & Jurandir Muller
2) Lucia Leão
3) Lucas Bambozzi
4) Diana Domingues
5) Gilberto Prado
6) Giselle Beiguelman
7) Artur Matuck
8) Enrica Bernardelli
9) Ricardo Barreto
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