April 7–10, 2016
VIP/professional preview: April 6
Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo
Hours: Thursday–Saturday 1–9pm,
SP-Arte/2016 kicks off on April 6, showcasing local and international contemporary art alongside a strong program of events and talks
The São Paulo International Art Fair presents an innovative mix of emerging and renowned local and international artists, represented by 124 prominent galleries, from Brazil and abroad. The Fair will host Brazil’s leading galleries with contemporary artworks and classic masterpieces from Brazil’s modernist period. SP-Arte is also happy to introduce the addition of young Brazilian galleries participating for the first time, such as Boiler, Frente, Mamute, Sé, and BFA (Boatos Fine Arts).
Notable international galleries continue to invest in Brazil’s growing art scene, Lisson Gallery noted: “The past three editions of the fair have proven the existence of a young but solid market, supported by the rise of new collections with a more edgy and heterogenous profile of international artists.” Other high-profile exhibitors include Cardi, Continua, David Zwirner, Michael Werner, neugerriemschneider, Stephen Friedman, and White Cube, among others.
São Paulo will be buzzing with a rich cultural program during the Fair week, beginning with the inauguration of Luciana Brito’s new gallery space, openings at Nara Roesler of Antonio Dias and René Francisco, Beto Shwafaty and David Batchelor at Leme, and Erika Verzutti at the independent art space, Pivô. During the week, in addition to numerous gallery events, São Paulo’s institutions will also be hosting special openings for the occasion, including Histórias da Infância at Masp and Paisagens nas Americas at Pinacoteca. Finishing off the week, there will be openings at Fortes Vilaça, Mendes Wood DM, a special performance at Luisa Strina, and Vermelho will be unveiling their new screening room in addition to an artist installation by José Bechara at architect Lina Bo Bardi’s personal modernist home, Casa de Vidro. See the complete list of exhibitions here.
Kicking-off SP-Arte week, the first ever Gallery Night will take place in Vila Madalena and Jardins neighborhood April 4 and 5 respectively. The two-day event offers a fun-filled opportunity for galleries to host guests until 10pm to celebrate the fair week. See the full list of participating galleries here.
A series of talks themed with curators, artists, and collectors will take place on April 7 and 8, organized in collaboration with the Brazilian art magazine ARTE!Brasileiros.
Mari Carmen Ramírez (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)
Franklin Sirmans (Pérez Art Museum Miami)
Jacopo Crivelli Visconti (Open Plan sector curator)
Radames Juni Figueroa, Seb Patane, Francesco Arena e Daniel de Paula (Open Plan sector artists)
Maxine and Stuart Frankel (Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation)
Ella Fontanals-Cisneros (CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art)
Joan Weinstein (Getty Foundation)
Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel will discuss his remarkable career and the challenges facing architecture with Folha de São Paolo journalist Raul Juste Lores and Monolito editor Fernando Serapião at a 4pm conversation on April 8 at the Ibirapuera Auditorium.
New Design sector
SP-Arte/2016 introduces a new Design sector entirely dedicated to the country’s leading furniture and lighting designers, featuring important names in Brazilian design, such as Lina Bo Bardi, Irmãos Campana, Carlos Motta, Hugo França, Oscar Niemeyer, Claudia Moreira Salles, Jorge Zalszupin, Joaquim Tenreiro to name but a few, as well as a selection of 23 exhibitors.
In partnership with Centro Universitário Belas Artes, the sector explores the role of the body in contemporary art. In its second edition, the performances this year were chosen via a selection process that was open to the public. SP-Arte received an incredible response to its call for applicants, which resulted in a selection of 10 performances to be held throughout the corridors and ramps of the Fair. More information and the complete list of performances here.
Complete list of exhibitors here.
BRL 40,00 (general) / BRL 20,00 (reduced*)
*Vale-Cultura card owners, students, senior citizens and people with special needs pay reduced fare with presentation of valid id
Entry to the fair is permitted up to one hour before the event closes.
Children up to age 10 and those who have a VIP card do not pay entry (upon presentation of a valid ID).
Tickets can be purchased at the box office during opening hours.
For further information, visit the SP-Arte website.
SP-Arte, the leading art fair in Latin America will return for its 12th edition April 7 through 10, with a VIP/professional preview on April 6.
Held in the historic Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, designed by Pritzker Laureate Oscar Niemeyer, the Fair presents a dynamic mix of local and emerging artists alongside internationally renowned names. SP-Arte’s curated sections continue to encourage cutting edge programs and artworks that challenge fairgoers.
SP-Arte also presents curated sections with cutting-edge programs and artworks that challenge visitors, including the Solo sector, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, with individual exhibitions. After a huge success in 2015, Open Plan, a section dedicated to large works and installations will return in 2016 exclusively presenting commissioned works by SP-Arte, organized and curated by XII Cuenca Biennial curator, Jacopo Crivelli Visconti.
SP-Arte’s gallery program and parallel agenda of events combined with São Paulo’s creative energy offer a unique moment to experience the city and all it has to offer.
SP-Arte/2016 is sponsored by Itaú, Oi, and Iguatemi São Paulo with the cultural support of Oi Futuro and the State of São Paulo.
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