Travel with ArtTableTOURS

 
ArtTableTOURS provide ArtTable members and guests with unique access to art world sites and attractions through domestic and international trips. Each trip accommodates anywhere between 6-20 travelers and is a unique opportunity to create strong bonds with colleagues from around the country while receiving an in-depth look at the art scene in hard-to-get-to places. Questions? Please contact Mary Beth Brown at travel@arttable.org
 

BRAZIL: São Paulo, the 33rd São Paulo Biennial; the Inhotim Institute, Brumadinho; Belo Horizonte

October 14 – 20, 2018

ArtTable's trip begins in São Paulo–Brazil’s largest city is home to some of the most important museums in South America, a wealth of modernist architecture, an energetic gallery scene, sophisticated collectors, and artists of international stature who are represented in the most important collections worldwide. The food is fantastic, and our accommodations will be 5-star, in the exclusive Jardins district in the heart of the city. 

The first three and a half days of the trip will be action-packed, including a private, guided tour of the São Paolo Biennial, followed by independent time there to explore; guided tours of several museums, including Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chauteaubriand (MASP), one of the most influential contemporary museums in South America. Designed by Brazilian-Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi, one of the most important architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture, and inaugurated in 1968, the modernist design makes the museum an architectural attraction in its own right. The Pinacoteca Do Estado de São Paulo, the city’s oldest (1905) museum, emphasizing Brazilian art from the 19th century through today, and the Museu Afro-Brasil, where over 6,000 artworks comprise the museum’s collection, the largest to highlight the importance of African people in the formation of Brazilian culture, heritage and identity. There will be private visits to collector’s homes, galleries, and a special visit to PIVÔ Art & Research, the city’s most vibrant and influential alternative space, devoted to supporting experimental and process-based art. We will also visit the private home of Lina Bo Bardi, a glass house she designed in 1950 in what was then the remnant of the Mata Altantica, the original rainforest surrounding São Paulo; it is not open to the public (pictured above).                

The São Paulo Biennial is the second oldest biennial in the world (founded in 1951) and the most anticipated contemporary art event in Latin America. The 2018 Biennial, the 33rd, will be curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director and Chief Curator of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. The curatorial concept of this Biennial is called “Affective Affinities.” As a way of questioning the predominant thematic model in contemporary curatorial projects, Pérez-Barreiro has invited seven artists from different backgrounds, generations, and practices, to each conceive a group show in which their work engages in dialogue with their peers. Distributing the decision making and focusing on the creative relationships between processes and artists, the collaborators are Alejandro Cesarco, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Claudia Fontes, Mamma Andersson, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas and Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Pérez-Barreiro will also curate separate, solo exhibitions within the Biennial. The Biennial takes place in an architecturally important building, the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture.



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IMAGES
Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 1993-97, (photo: Emilio I. Panizo, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
North façade of Prado Museum (Madrid, Spain).
Renzo Piano’s Centro Botín arts centre spreads its wings in Santander. Photograph: Enrico Cano
The Centro Botín in Santander. Photo Enrico Cano, courtesy Centro Botín.
Joan Miró Collection, Barcelona, Spain 
Exterior of Gaudi, Barecelona 
Interior of La Familia Sacrada Gaudi, Barcelona