O Estado de S. Paulo, September 2, 2012

O Estado de S. Paulo
D1, Domingo, 2 de setembro de 2012 

Biennial arrives at the 30th edition renewed
The biggest event of the arts in Brazil has solved problems that threatened its realization


Work of Alexandre da Cunha, participating for the 1st time - Tiago Queiroz / AE

Tiago Queiroz / AE
Work of Alexandre da Cunha, participating for the 1st time

The São Paulo Biennial arrives at his 30. Edition anew, despite the difficulties of route that almost unfeasible its realization. With a large number of works, about three thousand, created by 111 artists, and a consistent curatorial project, conceived by the Venezuelan Luis Pérez-Oramas, the opening of the exhibition will unfold in three stages along this week. On Tuesday, it will be the guests; fourth and fifth, the pavilion will be reserved for events of educational service. And on Friday, the holiday of September 7, the gates of the Biennale will be open to the public.

The title of the 30. Bienal de São Paulo, The Poetics of Imminence , is not considered by curating a theme, but a guiding thread of the show. “This is more of an excuse to think, to throw questions,” explains Oramas, curator in charge of the department of Latin American art at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.The selection of artists and works of the show was made in conjunction with the curators-associated André Severo and Tobi Maier and Isabela Villanueva Assistant Curator. Issues such as multiplicity, recurrence and mutability of poetic aspects strongly present in the contemporary world, are privileged in this issue. 

“We did a few shows in history as the Biennale. She proposes a new topic of discussion, a new speech,” says the president of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, the entrepreneur Heitor Martins, the head of the institution’s board of directors since 2009. According to him, 30. Edition was made with a budget “20% less” than the previous edition. “We found all the fundraising of £ 22.4 million, before the opening of the show.

In the first months of the year, the Biennial Foundation has undergone moment of uncertainty as to the realization of this edition. In January, the entity had their accounts blocked by questioning the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) on the agreements signed between 1999 and 2007 Biennial. An injunction issued in March by the Regional Federal Court (TRF) of São Paulo enabled the institution had unlocked their resources and capture could do budget for 30. Edition. “I see the future with optimism. Paradoxically, the crisis strengthened dialogue with the Ministry of Culture and we are seeking ways to examine the accounts of the past and seek practical solutions,” said Heitor Martins.

In this edition, plus a map of the pavilion of the Biennale and information about other spaces that dialogue with shows, texts analyze the various facets of the event. From conversation with Oramas, Antonio Gonçalves Filho presents the ideas that guided their choices. Criticism Maria Hirszman concerns the structure of the exhibition. Simonetta Persichetti addresses the presence of photography. Already critic Rodrigo Naves investigates the relationship between art and madness through the work of Arthur Bispo do Rosario, one of the honorees this year. And Teixeira Coelho, curator of MASP, traces a historical overview of the 29 previous editions of the event and discusses future challenges.

(translated online from Portugese article with title: ENFIM, A BIENAL DE SAO PAULO),bienal-de-sao-paulo-chega-a-30-edicao-renovada,924856,0.htm