On 13 July – The Sao Paulo Biennale celebrated its 70th anniversary in style. The Bienal de Sao Paulo 2021 looks back on its rich history through a range of digital initiatives, including a podcast taking listeners behind the scenes of the world’s second-oldest art biennial after the Venice Biennale.
The first episode is called “Bienal, 70 anos”. Here, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo looks back at the origins of the event and the role played by Cicillo Matarazzo. The Italian-Brazilian industrialist used his family’s fortune to fund the cultural life of São Paulo and opened the first Biennale in 1951. Since then, over 8.5 million art lovers have taken part in the annual exhibition.
Each of the first eight episodes of Bienal de Sao Paulo 2021focuses on a specific decade between 1950 and 2021. And the last two episodes of the podcast offer bonus content. All podcast series will be presented by Brazilian actress and director Marina Person, soundtrack by Fernando Cespedes.
Listeners of the art podcasts will be able to find interviews with such big names in contemporary art as:
- Ivo Mesquita;
- Agnaldo Farias;
- Claudio Tozzi;
- Araci Amaral;
- Sheila Leirner.
Over the past seven decades, Bienal de So Paulo has helped raise the profile of Brazilian artists such as Ligia Pape, Elio Oiticica, and Ligia Clark.
The 70th anniversary of the Sao Paulo Biennale is a time to celebrate all Brazilian culture. The first Bienal de São Paulo in 1951 changed Brazil’s attitude towards contemporary art and international life forever. 70 years later, it is necessary to pay tribute to this heritage, to consolidate and spread this memory among the public, both among art lovers already familiar with this history and among those who want to learn more about the Biennale, explains José Olympio da Veiga Pereira, President of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.
Episodes of the commemorative art podcasts Bienal de São Paulo will be published every Saturday until September 4. The 34th edition of the Art Biennale runs until December 5 in the Brazilian city. An event called “Faz Escuro Mas Eu Canto” was scheduled for last year but has been postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
More than 90 artists and bands will take part in this event, which is one of the most diverse ever staged. It is the first time in the history of the Bienal de São Paulo when nine indigenous artists will present their work.
Jacopo Crivelli Visconti Chief Curator of the Biennale said that since its inception, and with an even greater sense of urgency following the events of recent months, the 34th Bienal de são Paulo has sought to establish bridges between works of art and artists that reflect a multitude of cosmic representations, cultures, and historical moments.
About Bienal de São Paulo
There are lots of art exhibitions, fairs, museums of all types, and a huge number of festivals. But Bienal de São Paulo is the only one!
Fundação Bienal de São Paulo is a dynamic institution that develops and implements artistic, educational, and social initiatives. In addition to hosting an event that energizes the art world every two years, it hosts year-round events in the Pavilion, which is a symbol of Brazilian Modernist architecture, both inside and outside Brazil.
This cultural institution has no political or religious attachment. Fundação Bienal seeks to present new ideas, provoke debate and educate the public with a constantly renewed sense of concern, purpose, and questioning.
The organization was founded on May 8, 1962, by businessman Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho (also known as Cicillo). This institution also houses the Historical Archive of Contemporary Art, which is considered a benchmark in Latin America.
The purpose of the institution is to democratize access to culture and stimulate interest in artistic creation. Activities include excursions to exhibitions, teacher training, face-to-face and distance courses, lectures, and seminars. Fundação Bienal benefits from a specific group of participants who work together to ensure the quality of projects and the development of sustainable initiatives that meet the challenges of our time.
The Biennale is driven by innovative aspects of contemporary art, each edition attracts over 500,000 people. Each Bienal de São Paulo attracts the attention of the whole world. Bienal de São Paulo is not just an art exhibition but a catalyst for meetings, events, and economic activity – the exhibition brings the city about R $ 300 million.