The Bienal de São Paulo returns to Oscar Niemeyer’s pavilion in Ibirapuera Park this month. Above, lead curator Charles Esche Focus

São Paulo ready for big-budget biennial

Emotionally engaging their audience—with a little help from YouTube—is the name of the curators’ game (The Bienal de São Paulo returns to Oscar Niemeyer’s pavilion in Ibirapuera Park this month. Above, lead curator Charles Esche) Published online: 02 September 2014
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