Photo: Pedro Ivo Trasferetti / Publicity Fundação Bienalde São Paulo

The Bienal de São Paulo is under new leadership. Its new president, elected on Tuesday night, 11, by the institution's Council, will be José Olympio by Veiga Pereira. Director of Credit Suisse do Brasil, owner of one of the most renowned art collections in the country and active on the boards of several art institutions in Brazil and abroad, Pereira is expected to take office on January 2nd, taking over from João Carlos. Figueiredo Ferraz, who had left in September for health reasons.

The appointment of José Olympio accompanies a complete renewal of the Bienal's Board of Directors and the appointment to the vice-presidency of Marcelo Araújo, who has extensive experience in museum management, extensive experience in the national artistic circuit and was, until last August, president from the Brazilian Institute of Museums (Ibram). In addition to Araújo, the new Executive Board includes names such as Andrea Pinheiro, Ana Paula Martinez, José Francisco Pinheiro Guimarães and Fernando Schuler.

At the Tuesday meeting, the name of Julio Landmann was also endorsed for the presidency of the Bienal's Board of Directors. With an active presence at the institution, Landmann was responsible – as president of the institution – of one of the most praised editions of the event, the 24th Bienal, held in 1998 under the curatorship of Paulo Herkenhoff and exploring the theme of anthropophagy, which increases expectations regarding to a possible opening of the Bienal to more daring curatorial projects or with greater freedom of experimentation. The new team promises to continue the process of professionalization and sanitation of expenses started ten years ago at the institution and has as priority goals to encourage greater integration with the city of São Paulo, on the one hand, and with the international scene, on the other. The connection with foreign institutions has been the focus of José Olympio's work as a member of the current board. It was he who proposed, in 2016, the
creation of an International Advisory Board for the Foundation, which came under his command.

The mandate of the new direction and the new Council will be of two years, with
possibility of re-election. Among the missions ahead are the
organization of national and international touring of the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo,
the definition of what the official representation of Brazil will be like at the 58th Bienal de
Venice – which would traditionally be in charge of the current curator general, Gabriel
Pérez-Barreiro – and the preparation of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, to be held
two years from now.

The 33rd edition of the show, which ended last Sunday, aimed to
main focus is the decentralization of curatorial power. instead of a single
centralizing project, the exhibition was subdivided into different nuclei,
designed by seven artist curators invited by Perez-Barreiro. O
general curator also organized complementary exhibitions, contemplating the
work of 12 artists selected by him. The result was a very
heterogeneous, emptier, less focused on political-ideological issues than
than the previous editions and purposely focused on a more
direct and quiet relationship between the public and the exhibited works.

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