SP-Arte Transforms Sao Paulo

BY Katrina Kufer / Apr 3 2017 / 17:14 PM

Latin America’s foremost contemporary art fair becomes a citywide event

 SP-Arte Transforms Sao Paulo
Image courtesy SP-Arte
Mellisa Meio-Fio. Tasha Okereke, Tracie Okereke, Alexandre Herberte e Linn da Quebrada. 2016.

A highlight of Sao Paulo’s spring cultural scene, the 13th edition of SP-Arte from 6-9 April expands this year with new exhibitors but also, most significantly, increased collaboration with local institutions and art-adjacent cultural outlets. “SP-Arte interweaves artists, galleries, museums, and other cultural spaces together to form a festival that is larger than one single event,” says Fernanda Feitosa, SP-Arte’s founder and director in a statement. “In April, Sao Paulo is the place to be.”

A key component in the Latin American art scene, the fair serves multiple purposes, from supporting Brazil’s creative economy to promoting its experimental talent. This year the fair’s mission to support modern and contemporary art sees a focus on performance and design. The return of the Design sector will have nine new galleries, where visitors can expect a display inspired by the local landscape, featuring natural materials that complement Brazil’s penchant for and technical know-how of handcraft, including Bej Publishing House’s private collection of 200 indigenous stools. Within Design, Projetos de Arquitetos will debut as a new section, highlighting projects by renowned Brazilian architects including Isay Weinfeld and Paulo Mendes da Rocah.

Another new fair addition is Repertório, where curator Jacopo Crivelli Visconti brings together works from the 1980s created by international artists born prior to 1950, such as Dan Graham, Richard Long and Pino Pascali, which have served as inspiration to the ensuing artist generations. Solo, likewise a curated section, will feature Luiza Teixeira de Freitas coordinating solo exhibitions to promote deeper analysis on names such as Franz Erhard Walther or Navid Nuur. Not forgetting the emerging talent, who are promoted in three forms: Showcase, where galleries will present artists embodying Brazil’s burgeoning art scene; SP-Arte’s collaboration with Illy for the Illy Sustain Art Prize (the fifth edition will grant R$20,000 to young talent), and the SP-Arte Residency Prize, which offers two-month stays at Residency Unlimited (New York) or the Delfina Foundation (London).

Additional highlights include the artist and curator-led tours at the Museu de Art Sao Paulo, Pinacoteca de Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu de Arte Moderna; an exhibition in collaboration with Videobrasil presenting a survey of contemporary Brazilian video art with works by Miguel Rio Branco and Claudia Andujar; a talks roster organised with ARTE! Brasileiros magazine with sessions such as Art as resistance, Collections in the Americas and The city as an art space and SP-Arte’s performance programme, showcasing nine works that tackle the mundane to the mystical. Elsewhere across the city, watch for Hugo Franca and Lina Bo Bardi, and a sneak peek of Japan House Sao Paulo – the newest cultural institution opening in May that will survey Japanese contemporary art.

SP-Arte runs 6-9 April 2017 at Parque Ibirapeura, Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more information visit sp-arte.com