14th CURITIBA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

On September 21st, the 14th edition of the International Biennial in Curitiba (Brazil) will be opened, until March 1st, around the topic “Fronteiras em Aberto (Open Borders)”, covering over 100 venues in the city of Curitiba, including the prestigious Oscar Niemeyer Museum and the historic Paranaense Museum. The Biennial is renowned as one of the greatest events of contemporary art in South America and a major event in the artistic circuit worldwide. In this edition, more than 300 artists from 35 countries are expected to participate.  

Under the broader subject, an exhibition project called “Relações humanos/territoriais (Human/Territorial Relationships)” will take place curated by Massimo Scaringella, which will include works specifically designed for this occasion, involving the following artists: Virginia Ryan (Australia/Italy), Alexis Minkiewicz and Jorge Miño (Argentina), Marcos Amaro, Silvana Camilotti, Raquel Fayad y Jairo Valdati (Brasil), Zhang Dan, Tong Yanrunan y Lu Zhenyuan (China), Arnd Christian Müller (Germany/China), Hannu Palosuo  (Finland), Meital Katz Minerbo (Israel), Christian Balzano, Stefano Cagol, Alex Caminiti, Hannes Egger and Philipp Messner (Italy), Daniel Mullen (Holand).

Contemporary art sometimes seeks a definite integration into the territory —whether understood as an environment or as human relationships—, which inevitably confronts it with its visual context. What is visible prevails clearly because of what it is, not because of what it represents, and with their work artists attempt, with desacrilizing or artificial procedures, to overcome the double game of reality and fantasy. The artist reflects on the growing, contemplative or even involved interest by the observer, with a meaning and a content that prove challenging to the artist’s creative spontaneity. Thus, a dialog is created between physical and interior geographies, between social tensions and creative tensions, without ever interrupting the assimilation of behaviors of a territory that is outside of us and in our culture of origin, into other places which we struggle to consider our own, precisely because of our inability to experience them here and now, as a received and decoded element. Against the impressive background of a new creative idea, the works by contemporary artists have a special significance insofar as they are often alien to the environments, thereby generating an apparent visual conflict that simultaneously leads us to a time blending effect that takes us out of time. As Mircea Eliade wrote, “The establishment of a sacred space where a mythical scene out of time is revived in the present is the archetypal response of man to his fear of history, of change and of dissolution into multiplicity”.

OSCAR NIEMEYER MUSEUM (Curitiba)
Rooms 9 – 11
From September 21st, 2019 to March 1st, 2020

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