CIMAM Member Luiz Camillo Osorio to curate the Brazilian pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale

The Bienal de São Paulo Foundation announces the appointment of Critic and Professor Luiz Camillo Osorio as Curator for the official Brazilian participation at the 56. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte – La Biennale di Venezia, which will take place from May 9 to November 22, 2015 in the Giardini and Arsenale spaces. Cauê Alves has been named Assistant Curator.

Luiz Camillo Osorio (Rio de Janeiro, 1963, Brazil), Professor of Aesthetics in the Philosophy Department at PUC-RJ and Head Curator at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), has done important curatorial work in Brazil and abroad, includingIberê Camargo: Um trágico nos trópicos (Fundação Iberê Camargo/CCBB-RJ), O desejo da forma (Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2010), MAM 60 (2008) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt(Copa da Cultura Berlin, 2006). He is the author of Razões da crítica (Zahar) and monographic books about Flavio de Carvalho, Abraham Palatnik and Angelo Venosa (CosacNaify).

Cauê Alves (São Paulo, Brazil, 1977) holds a Master’s and Doctorate in Philosophy from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). He is a Professor at Pontifícia Unversidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) and Centro Universitário Belas Artes and has worked as Curator at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP) Engraving Club since 2006. His past curatorial projects include MAM na OCA: arte brasileira do acervo do Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2006), Quase líquido (Itaú Cultural, 2008) and Mira Schendel: avesso do avesso (Instituto de Arte Contemporânea, 2010). He was Adjunct Curator at the 8th Bienal do Mercosul (2011) and one of the Curators of the 32nd Panorama da Arte Brasileira – MAM-SP (2011).

About the Brazilian participation at the Venice Biennale

The oldest of the major international art exhibits, the Venice Biennale offers a large collective exhibition, as well as dozens of national pavilions, every two years. The Brazilian pavilion, built in 1964 in the event’s most privileged space, the Giardini, is the place where the country gets to choose and present the artists that will represent it at each Biennale. Since 1995, the selection has been a responsibility granted by the Brazilian government to the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation in recognition of the institution’s great importance – the second oldest of its kind in the world – to the visual arts in Brazil.

Since 1995, Brazil’s participation in the event has been organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – responsible for the maintenance of the Brazilian pavilion –, the Ministry of Culture – through the financial resources of the National Art Foundation (Funarte) – and the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation – in charge of selecting the curator and the work exhibited. ‘Organizing Brazil’s participation in the Venice art and architecture Biennales is part of the tradition of the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation, an independent and internationally respected institution, committed to the knowledge and production of contemporary art’, states Luis Terepins, Commissioner of the exhibition and President of the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation.

Brazilian Participation at the 56. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte – La Biennale di Venezia
Commissioner: Luis Terepins, President of the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation
Curator: Luiz Camillo Osorio
Venue: The Brazilian Pavilion
Address: Giardini Castello, Padiglione Brasile, 30122 Venice, Italy
Duration: May 9 – November 22, 2015
General curator of the 56. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte – La Biennale di Venezia: Okwui Enwezor