BIENALSUR: contemporary art biennial is inaugurated on esplanade of FGV’s Cultural Center
The South America Contemporary Art Biennial (BIENALSUR) is now at FGV. Scheduled to arrive in Rio on November 14, the initiative, which connects 32 cities from 16 countries worldwide, gathers more than 250 artists and curators from all five continents, and establishes a global network to use contemporary art to eliminate distances and borders and promote singularity within diversity. Employees, professors, students, and visitors can visit the exhibit ‘Natatorio’ on the esplanade of FGV’s Cultural Center until December 15.
The exhibit – a series of four installations that refer to a water complex, which includes a trampoline, rest area, lanes, and a locker room – is the result of Marcolina Dipierro’s work. Inspired by the shapes designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the pieces created especially for BIENALSUR by the Argentine artist engage in dialogue with FGV’s Cultural Center.
“This place designed by Oscar Niemeyer is a dream. The opportunity to interact with such a monument is a great honor,” said Dipierro during the event that marked the opening of the exhibit to the public.
In addition to the artist, the opening ceremony was attended by the President of FGV, professor Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, and the Dean of Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (Argentina) and Director-General of BIENALSUR, Aníbal Jozami.
“BIENALSUR is a project that strives to be more than an art project, but also a tool to promote regional integration through culture. That is why we rolled out the project simultaneously across 16 countries. We are used to looking to the North for guidance, but we want to think about the world from the point of view of the South. It’s not a matter of opposing the North, but rather of being able to present a new insight into the totality of the cultural point of view”, said Jozami.
The Director-General of BIENALSUR added that the initiative, in its first edition, intends to become a platform able to show the world what is going on in Southern countries, in both artistic and cultural levels.
The ‘Natatorio’ exhibit is open to the public until December 15 at the Esplanade of FGV’s Cultural Center, in Rio de Janeiro (Praia de Botafogo, 186 – Botafogo).