The Bienal de São Paulo remains one of the biggest international exhibitions with some 118 artists from 51 countries on view. As in the past, the largest contingent of artists comes from Brazil.
Curated by Lisette Lagnado, and entitled How to Live Together, the theme was inspired by the seminars of Roland Barthes at the Collège de France in 1976 and 1977. The exhibition proposes a reflection on the construction of shared spaces. Coexistence and living together, rhythms of production and cooperative practices are matters woven into attempts to reach an ethical definition of Living Together. The 27th Biennial is conceptually located at the crossroads of two lines of thought developed by Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980): the meaning of “construction”, at the base of neoconcrete experimentation, and the “farewell to aesthetics”. In the exhibition, these two lines translate into “Constructive Projects” and “Programs for Life”.
Hélio Oiticica (1937 - 1980), one of Brazil's most important artists, was a leader in moving art off the canvas and into the realm of life itself. During an eight year stay in New York City, beginning in 1970, Oiticica collaborated with filmmakers and other artists to create quasi-cinemas - groundbreaking environments that combined film, slide projections, and music with hammocks, balloons and sand, to immerse the viewer in multi-sensory experience.
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