Bienal Pavilion
São Paulo, Brazil
6 – 9 April 2017

SP-Arte, the foremost art fair in Latin America will take place between April 6 and 9, 2017 with leading galleries, artists and talks that continue to enrich the vibrant local cultural scene. Transformed into the São Paulo International Art Festival, SP-Arte now extends beyond the boundaries of Ibirapuera Park to promote a citywide event that includes museums, galleries and cultural points.

The fair’s various sectors offer a mix of acclaimed artists and a selection of works which inspire and challenge visitors. The MAIN sector includes international and national exhibitors presenting highlights of worldwide contemporary art and Brazilian modernism. 

Brazil’s rich history of influential artists is directly reflected in its burgeoning art scene. A new generation of artists is represented in SHOWCASE, a sector of emerging galleries with strong presentations of up to three names, bringing together galleries like Cavalo, Choque Cultural and Periscópio.

In SP-Arte’s newest sector REPERTÓRIO [Repertoire], curator Jacopo Crivelli Visconti highlights works created in the 1980s by artists born before the 1950s. The section includes works by artists who have been inspiring generations of other artists, such as Dan Graham, Richard Long, Lothar Baumgarten and Pino Pascali.

SOLO 2017, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, will offer a thoughtful selection for deeper analysis. Visitors will see single booth presentations by artists such as Franz Erhard Walther (KOW, Berlin); Gabriel Abrantes (Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon) and Carolina Martinez (Portas Vilaseca, Rio de Janeiro). Other highlights include Plan B, with a project by Iranian artist Navid Nuur, and espaivisor, with the Croatian historical artist Sanja Ivekovic.

On the top floor, SP-Arte’s DESIGN Sector, in its second edition, will feature furniture, lighting, design objects and antiques. Known specially for its craft wood work, the Brazilian design scene is one of the most prestigious around the globe. Exhibitors represent iconic names such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi,Roberto Burle Marx and the Campana Brothers, to mention a few.

Performances will also take place throughout the corridors as part of the third edition of the PERFORMANCE Sector, developed in partnership with the university of Belas Artes, under the tutelage of artist Paula Garcia. An open call that is already in progress will be used to select the artists to perform during the event. SP-Arte’s TALKS program in collaboration with ARTE!Brasileiros, promotes debates between local and international experts discussing art and its trends.

In addition to a strong program within the Bienal Pavilion, SP-Arte has partnered with the city’s leading museums to organize events and programming. GALLERY NIGHT officially enters the SP-Arte week calendar with galleries, museums and cultural centers hosting special programming during late hours. Another event set to kick off the SP-Arte week will be the exhibition produced with Videobrasil Nada levarei quando morrer, aqueles que me devem cobrarei no inferno, presenting an overview of contemporary Brazilian video art.

Since 2013, SP-Arte has been awarding artists with residencies in cities such as New York (Residency Unlimited) and Bogota (Flora ars + natura). This year, the festival will take an artist to London in an unprecedented partnership with the Delfina Foundation. The Illy Sustain Art Award, which was founded in 2007 to support Latin American artists under the age of 35, will once again be presented.

Recognized as the most important fair in South America and listed as one of the fastest growing art fairs in the world, SP-Arte ended its 2016 edition on a high note, with strong participation of international and local exhibitors and attendance of collectors, curators, and art lovers.

Design Sector

The Design Sector returns to SP-Arte’s 13th edition with nine new exhibitors and a project space dedicated to leading Brazilian architects. Launched last year, the section highlights Brazil’s long history of design, and offers visitors a unique opportunity to view and acquire locally produced signature pieces by iconic names such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and the Campana Brothers.

Characterized by the local landscape, which boasts an abundance of wood and natural resources, Brazilian modern and contemporary designs are distinguished by skillful woodwork. Exhibitors in Design, focus on the individuality of authorial design and its evolution over time in furniture, objects, and antiques. The galleries will present colonial, modern and contemporary pieces that have contributed to the consolidation and sophistication recognized in Brazilian design today.

The nine newcomers welcomed by SP-Arte in the Design section this year are: Apartamento61, Ary Perez, By Kamy, Estúdio Mameluca, Herança Cultural, Paulo Alves, Prototyp&, Rafael Moraes, and Resplendor.

Herança Cultural’s booth traverses the history of Brazilian furniture through a father and son duo. The gallery will be showing rare pieces by Zanine Caldas and the more contemporary and urban interactions created by his son Zanini de Zanine, who is also responsible for the concept of the space.

Zanine Caldas will also be shown at Apartamento 61 and Teo. The former, a gallery based in an exquisite modernist house designed by Italian-Brazilian sculptor Victor Brecheret, presents historical and vintage pieces.

Lovers of Brazilian modernism will find pieces by Lina Bo Bardi, the iconic architect responsible for the São Paulo Museum of Art (Masp) building. In addition to being an architect, Bo Bardi was an accomplished furniture designer, set designer and artist. Her work will be shown at both Artemobilia and Etel, with Etel reissuing six pieces that she designed in the 1940s.

Etel’s booth will also feature the Artist’s Cabinet of Curiosities, a special collaboration with the artist, Carlos Vergara, who will present a reliquary of monotypes on handkerchiefs, photographs, keepsakes and memoirs that the artist carried with him on his travels to places such as Cappadocia, Santiago de Compostela and Pompei. Paired together, the objects and furniture engage in a conversation that crosses borders and tells a story.

In addition to Lina Bo Bardi, specifically her iconic bowl chair, Artemobilia will bring Geraldo de Barros’ iconic bookcase designed for Unilabor. Through this juxtaposition, the gallery presents the duality in Brazilian modernism, the rationality of geometric forms established in the 1920s alongside the biomorphic sensuality developed in the 1940s second wave of modernism.

Pé Palito and Passado Composto Século XX offer a selection of Brazilian and international design from the 20th century. Pé Palito will focus on the Brazilian furniture of the 1950s, 60s and 70s: pure lines, geometry, polished surfaces of Jacaranda, in contrast to organic elements and unusual objects of memory.

Looking toward Brazil’s design heritage and objects, exhibitors Sandra & Marcio, Itamar Musse, and Resplendor will showcase rare and exceptional antiques from colonial times.

On the contemporary scene, Ary Perez brings a fresh perspective. The designer, artist, and set-designer will launch his first collection of furniture and objects, inspired by the biodiversity found in Brazilian mangroves. Hugo França will also showcase 15 new sculptures made from recycled trees.

Projetos de Arquitetos [Architects’ Projects], the Design sector’s newest space will show works by renowned architects such as Arthur Casas, Dado Castello Branco, Lia Siqueira, Isay Weinfeld, Felipe Crescenti , Pedro and Paulo Mendes da Rocha.  Highlights include a presentation of  the furniture designed exclusively for the newest branch of the Brazilian cultural institution, Sesc, by Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The new Sesc space scheduled to open in São Paulo’s downtown district was also designed by the architect.

Also, an exhibition of Bei Publishing House’s collection of indigenous stools can be seen within the Pavilion. The selection covers more than 200 wooden pieces produced by people from 80 different indigenous communities of various regions of Brazil. Some represent animals of the Brazilian fauna; others are in the form of conventional benches decorated with graphics or notches. In all cases, they balance symbolic, utilitarian and decorative aspects, facing the cultural universe and cosmology of the ethnicities that make them. The exhibition will travel to Japan and Europe afterwards.

Full list of exhibitors at the Design section:

Apartamento 61 (São Paulo) / Artemobilia (São Paulo) / Ary Perez (São Paulo) /  Belas Artes University (São Paulo) / Bolsa de Arte /Estudio Mameluca (Rio de Janeiro) / By Kamy (São Paulo) / Etel (São Paulo) / Firma Casa (São Paulo) / Herança Cultural (São Paulo) / Hugo França (São Paulo) / Itamar Musse (Salvador) / Jaqueline Terpins (São Paulo) / Legado Arte (São Paulo) / LLUSSÁ (São Paulo) / Mercado Moderno (Rio de Janeiro) / Ovo  (São Paulo) / Passado Composto Século XX (São Paulo) / Paulo Alves (São Paulo) / Pé Palito (Belo Horizonte) / Prototyp& (São Paulo) / Rafael Moraes (São Paulo) / Resplendor (São Paulo) / Sandra & Márcio (Belo Horizonte) / Teo (São Paulo) / Thomaz Saavedra (São Paulo)