Curitiba International Biennial 2013

General Curatorship

Two of the most important names among art critics in Latin America are responsible for the general curatorship of the Curitiba Biennial.

The proposal of this curatorship is to avoid relating any concept or theme to the commemorative edition of the Biennial?s 20th anniversary. "We will have the task to select, from the immense universe of art works, which constitute the stock of contemporary art, those that assign importance to the core issues of reflection and creation in contemporary art," said Escobar and
Teixeira Coelho. This, they say, will allow more freedom to the selection of works, based on quality and relevance, which are criteria that will be taken into account.

Check below the curriculum of the general curators:

Teixeira Coelho

Teixeira Coelho has a post-doc from the University of Maryland, USA (2002), Ph.D. in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the Universidade de São Paulo (1981), M.Sc. in Communication Sciences from the Universidade de São Paulo (1976) and a Degree in Law from the Universidade Guarulhos (1971). Presently, he is a professor of Cultural Policies at the Escola de Comunicação e Artes of the Universidade de São Paulo, retired. He is a curator-coordinator of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo-MASP. He was a director of MAC-USP. Ex-Director of IDART (Departamento de Informação e Documentação Artística do Centro Cultural São Paulo). He is a professor of Information Theory and Aesthetic Perception, and Art History at the Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade Mackenzie. He is an expert in Cultural Policies and collaborates in the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies at the Universidad de Girona, Spain. Residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center? Italy. He is a consultant at the Observatory of Cultural Policies of Instituto Itau Cultural, São Paulo. Curator of various exhibitions at MAC-USP and MASP. Author of various books on culture and art. Fiction writer (Portugal Telecom 2007 Award for the book História Natural da Ditadura, published in 2006 by Ed. Iluminuras publishing house).


Ticio Escobar

Ticio Escobar has a degree in Philosophy, Law and Social Sciences. He works as a professor, art critic and jury at international art exhibitions. Author of numerous publications in his areas of expertise, he received awards in various countries, among them the Art Critic of the Year (2011) from the International Art Critics Association, and the award Prince Claus of Holland for Culture and Development. Between 1999 and 2004 he directed the program ?Identities in Transit? sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1998, he earned the Guggenheim grant to study the relations between image and political power. He was the general curator of the Chile Contemporary Art Triennial and the exhibition Otras Contemporaneidades Convivencias Problemáticas at the Valencia Biennial, Spain. He was the curator of the exhibition Three Borders of the 6th Mercosur Biennial. He was the Minister of Culture in Paraguay, Municipal Secretary of Culture in Asunción and Director of the Centro de Artes Visuales / Museo Del Barro de Asunción.

Biennial Staff

In order to hold the Curitiba Biennial the organization committee selected a team of competent guest curators and consultants, who will act according to guidelines established by the Biennial?s general curatorship.

The Biennial?s general curatorship in 2013 is in the hands of the experienced art critics Teixeira Coelho and Ticio Escobar. Adriana Almada is the adjunct curator.

Stephanie Dahn is in charge of the curatorial coordination.  Guest curators are: Tereza de Arruda, Maria Amélia Bulhões, Fabio Duarte, Fernando Ribeiro, Ricardo Corona and Tom Lisboa. Márcio Steuernagel and Michelle Moura are curatorial consultants.

The education action will be under the responsibility of Guilherme Jaccon and Rosemeri Bittencourt Frachinski.

Curitiba Biennial 2011

?It is doubtless the largest contemporary art event in Brazil this year.
The Ministry is proud to support the Biennial.?
Ana de Hollanda, Minister of Culture

The Curitiba Biennial?s 2011 edition was held between September 18 and November 20, 2011. In addition to the exhibits the Biennial relies on an educational project, urban interventions and performances, lectures and movie exhibits.

Artist Mónica Millan speaks to Ana de Hollanda, Minister of Culture, during the opening of the Biennial.

In order to allow maximum enjoyment to the public of all ages and to explore the Biennial?s  educational potential, an educational project was developed with training courses for teachers, monitors at the exhibition spaces, and mediated visits to the venues in three separate circuits: the Biennial on foot, the Biennial by van and the Biennial by bike. The entire educational project program was free.

In addition to a wide response from the spontaneous media, the Curitiba Biennial had a high impact on the specialized critics. In October the Curitiba Biennial received art critics from all over the world during the program after the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Congress.  On that occasion, AICA decided to make the Curitiba Biennial the theme of the 2011 edition of the Award to Young Art Critics.

The Curitiba Biennial 2011 was also awarded the Prêmio Destaque da Associação Brasileira de Críticos de Arte ? ABCA (Highlight of the Brazilian Association of Art Critics) in the ?exhibitions? category.

Award received by the Curitiba Biennial 2011

The geographic scope of the Biennial was expanded after the itinerant Art Film Exhibition of the Curitiba Biennial 2011 in the cities of Brasília (DF), Fortaleza (CE), Macapa (AP), Belo Horizonte (MG), Londrina e Cascavel (PR), and Florianópolis (SC). The event, held between November and December 2011, presented a picture of what was exhibited in the form of video installations in the Curitiba Biennial for audiences and movie theaters of the five regions of the country.

This blog will update you on the latest news about the Curitiba Biennial 2013, which is a commemorative edition of the 20 years of the Biennial.  Follow us to learn more. Click here to visit the website of the last edition of the Biennial.