Biennial Contemporary art Uruguay

Uruguay gets its first biennial

New event in Montevideo to take place alongside Sao Paulo’s biennial in Brazil

Montevideo's biennial will extend to venues throughout the city, including the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales

The debut edition of the Biennale de Montevideo—Uruguay’s first such event and titled “Big Sur”—is due to open on 15 October, right in the middle of the São Paulo Biennial, which is set to take place between 8 September and 9 December.

The concept of “the South” and its relationship to the rest of the world is due to be examined in the Biennale de Montevideo by around 50 artists from five continents, although the list has not yet been released. Sponsored by the Laetitia d’Arenberg Foundation, the Uruguay biennale has a budget of around $2m, says its artistic director, Gustavo Tabares.

Tabares, who is also an artist, is the former director of the Marte Upmarket gallery, based in Montevideo. He has exhibited in various biennales including the Mediations Biennale of Poznan, Poland, and his works can be found in the collection of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California.

Alfons Hug is due to curate the Biennale de Montevideo in collaboration with two co-curators: the Chilean-born Paz Guevara who lives in Berlin; and the Uruguayan curator and artist Patricia Bentancur, who is also the director of exhibitions and new media at the Spanish Cultural Center of Montevideo. Hug is the director of the Goethe Institute in Rio de Janeiro and has curated numerous biennales including São Paulo and the Instituto Italo-Latino Americano Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale.

The Biennale de Montevideo is due to be housed in three pavilions in the Rural del Prado’s exhibition centre, but will also extend to other areas of the city, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Figari Museum and the National Museum of Visual Arts.

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17 Feb 12
16:13 CET

S. JANET PAYNE, KATHLEEN, GA UNITED STATES

Will there be figurative or representational work?

13 Feb 12
15:50 CET

HORATIO TROBINSON, MONTEVIDEO

The Biennale of Montevideo's website is: http://bienaldemontevideo.com.uy Please note they say it will take place in SEPTEMBER, not october, which was apparently incorrect as specified in this article.

12 Feb 12
17:1 CET

JUAN PEREZ, ARGENTINA

Doesn't surprise me, it is the switzerland of America

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