The São Paulo Bienal is the second-oldest bienal in the world. Founded nearly 60 years after the Venice Biennale, the Brazilian exhibition has been held consistently every other year since 1951, and has consolidated itself as the main visual arts event in Latin America. This fall, after being postponed for a year due to the pandemic, the 34th edition of the bienal has finally opened—this time with a new, expanded structure.
Events, exhibitions, and online public programs started a year before the bienal’s September 4th opening date. And, in addition to the main group show at the Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion, other solo presentations have been hung in 25 partner institutions in the city, allowing for a more dispersed and socially distanced experience. Organized by a team of five curators—Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Paulo Miyada, Carla Zaccagnini, Francesco Stocchi, and Ruth Estévez—the bienal includes 91 artists from 39 countries and four continents.