After naming José Olympio Pereira president of its foundation, the Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil has continued staffing up ahead of its next edition. That exhibition, set to open in 2020, will be curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, the Bienal said today.
This is not the first time Visconti, who is a São Paulo–based independent critic and curator, has worked with the Bienal. He previously served as a member of the foundation’s exhibitions team between 2001 and 2009. In 2007, Visconti curated the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and in 2014, he helped oversee the Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador. For this year’s Venice Biennale, he will oversee the Cypriot pavilion.
“It is a great honor for me to come back to work at the Fundação Bienal,” Visconti said in a statement. “The 34th Bienal is born with the desire to be a sophisticated exhibition from a curatorial point of view, but also accessible to the large national and international public that visits the event.”
Other notable curatorial credits for Visconti include the exhibition “Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960-1985,” which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2017 as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, and a Sean Scully survey that took place at the Pinacoteca in São Paulo in 2015.
Visconti has enlisted a team to work with him on the Bienal that includes Paulo Miyada, a curator at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo; artist Carla Zaccagnini; Francesco Stocchi, a curator at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; and Ruth Estévez, who was recently named curator-at-large at the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts.