The Curitiba International Biennial of Contemporary Art promotes its first event, mostly online. In all, there will be nine months of lectures, lives, interviews and virtual exhibitions. The virtual event offers content on visual arts, design, architecture, cinema and literature and will be held free of charge until December 31st.
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According to the Curitiba Biennial, the initiative is part of the 14th edition of the event, which took place face-to-face between 2019 and 2020. There is still no forecast for the 15th Biennial due to health security measures due to the covid pandemic. -19.
For the online event, new themes were proposed. Several subjects show the relationship between art and socio-environmental responsibility, art and technology and social issues. In the 14th edition, held between 2019 and 2020, the theme was “Fronteiras Em Aberto”, discussing the concept of borders – and receiving artists from all continents, with emphasis on members of the BRICS (block formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
The attractions of the online Biennial will be divided by monthly theme. This month, the event brings discussions about video art. May will be the month of design, while June will be the month of international production. Taking advantage of the school holidays, July will have the Bienal online for children and teenagers. Check the full schedule.
In August there will be Take Over – Arte Online, aimed at digital platforms. September’s themes are cinema and literature, and in October, architecture. November will be dedicated to exhibitions, with online visits to exhibitions and artists’ studios. December resumes Take Over, highlighting media art and ending the event. The schedule will be released month by month, always on the first business day.
Created in 1993, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Curitiba had its first editions focused on exhibition programming, reaching headquarters in other Brazilian cities such as São Paulo and Brasília, and even in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
As of 2007, it expanded its proposal to include performances, urban interferences, courses and lectures. World-renowned artists have participated in the Biennial, such as Marina Abramović and Ai Weiwei.
In the 14th edition, the curatorial concept of “Fronteiras Em Aberto” was signed by the Spanish Adolfo Montejo Navas and by the Brazilian resident in Berlin (Germany) Tereza de Arruda, and featured 461 artists from five continents. More than 100 spaces in the capital of Paraná were occupied by the event’s actions, reaching an audience of more than 900 thousand people.