SP-Arte 2018 begins

SP-Arte 2018 begins

By Raiza Cavalcanti

SP-Arte 2018 opens its doors with novelties and optimism, in spite of the economical and political crisis that has struck the country over the past few years

The 160 exhibitors kicked off the week with positive expectations of the exchanges and business possibilities that might take place during the 14th edition of this Fair. More experienced galleries, such as Emma Thomas, are optimistic about the number of participants and collectors, and foresee plenty of dialogues and networking opportunities. But the most positive assessments come from the exhibitors who are participating in the Fair for the first time.
Galeria Emma Thomas, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Galeria Emma Thomas, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

Licenciado (Mexico) is one of these galleries. It is participating in the Solo section, curated this year by Luísa Teixeira. For its debut, the gallery is presenting the work of Cuban artist Ariel Orozco. The Solo section is one of the Fair’s most interesting areas. It’s located in the pavilion’s underground floor, and gathers a series of excellent galleries in smaller stands, presenting powerful pieces by the artists they represent.
Solo section, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Solo section, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

Several works of art stand out in this section, but one in particular attracts particular interest: the piece Brasília, by the artist Bruno Faria, an important name in the Brazilian scene who is recognized for his strong and critical artwork, at the stand belonging to Periscópio (Belo Horizonte).
Bruno Faria, Brasilia, Galeria Periscopio, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Bruno Faria, Brasilia, Galeria Periscopio, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

Another participation worth noting is that of Galería Isabel Aninat, which is presenting works by renowned Chilean artist Lotty Rosenfeld.
Javiera Aninat, Lotty Rosenfeld work, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Javiera Aninat, Lotty Rosenfeld work, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

We continue exploring the Repertorio section, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti. Here, the artwork on exhibition is by artists who produced their works during the 1980s, powerful pieces from both aesthetic and historical points of view.
Cristian Boltansky, Marian Goodman Gallery, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcantijpg - SP-Arte 2018

Cristian Boltansky, Marian Goodman Gallery, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcantijpg

In addition to internationally renowned names such as Chinese artist Chen Zen (galería Continua – Beijing/Habana) and French artist Cristian Boltansky (Marian Goodman Gallery – Londres), the section also includes the work of Brazilian artists such as Ione Saldanha (Galeria Almeida e Dale) and José Cláudio (Galería Base). The first is a referent of Brazilian modernism, well known for her bamboo sculptures. The latter is a modernism icon from northeastern Brazil, a creator of artistic experiments that drew him closer to visual poetry.
Repertorio section, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Repertorio section, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

A section worth visiting is the Performance section, curated by Paula García (a collaborator of Marina Abramović’s), who has generated a true performance space in the middle of the Fair. The highlighted piece for this section is Paul Setúbal, who in his performance holds a sculpture by modernist artist Franz Weissman from 1970. The risk of the sculpture falling on the artist or on the audience puts the spectator in a constantly tense state, as he or she observes the conflict between the artist’s body and the piece. Other participants for this section include the artists’ collective Brechó Replay, the duo Rafael Abdala and Jessica Goes, the artist Karla Girott, and the artist and cook Gabriel Vidolin.
Paul Setubal, Performance section, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Paul Setubal, Performance section, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

Meanwhile, the Design section was expanded to occupy the entire third floor at the Sao Paulo Biennial pavilion. This year, in addition to galleries, independent designers shall also participate in the fair. Among these independent designers, Gustavo Bittencourt’s stand attracts special attention, presenting furniture with a peculiar and elegant style.
Design Section, Atelier Gustavo Bittencourt, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Design Section, Atelier Gustavo Bittencourt, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

Ana Neute’s stand also jumps out for its lamps and the creation of singular objects in round formats. The galleries present a whole different show of their own: we’ve selected Mi Casa and Ete.
Design Section, Atelier Ana Neute, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Design Section, Atelier Ana Neute, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

At the first, one can find works by Antonio Gaudi, and at the second, works by Oscar Niemayer, two important names in the history of architecture.
Projetos de Arquitetos, Ruy Othake, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Projetos de Arquitetos, Ruy Othake, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

Another interesting section is Projetos de Arquitetos, which for the second time is exhibiting pieces of furniture created by renowned Brazilian architects, such as Bel Lobo and Ruy Othake.
Design Section, Galeria Etel, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti - SP-Arte 2018

Design Section, Galeria Etel, SP-Arte 2018, courtesy Raiza Cavalcanti

In addition to all of the opening night activities and visits to galleries, old and new, one should still save energy for an extensive programming. Starting from April 12th, there shall also be Talks, guided visits offered by the Fair, artist’s books releases, and studio visits. SP-Arte 2018 Festival is only getting started. For more information: www.sp-arte.com
The 5 highlights of the Sao Paulo Art Week

The 5 highlights of the Sao Paulo Art Week

By Raiza Cavalcanti

Sao Paulo Art Week: an intense program of artistic events is set to take place in the dozens of institutions and galleries that exist throughout the city, occurring at the same time as SP-Arte and also well worth visiting

Sao Paulo, the heart of the Brazilian art world, is one of the cities with the largest number of cultural institutions and galleries in the country. It is also home to the fair that has come to establish itself as one of the most important platforms in Latin America, SP-Arte, main event of the Sao Paolo Art Week. It’s no coincidence that one of the world’s most important art events takes place here: the Sao Paulo Biennale, which this year turns 67 years old.
Condo Project Unit, Galeria Jaqueline Martins

Condo Project Unit, Galeria Jaqueline Martins

CONDO Unit – During April, the project CONDO Unit is set to arrive at Jaqueline Martins gallery. The project consists in the formation of a collaboration network amongst galleries, which is already happening in cities such as London, Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, and now Sao Paulo.
Condo Project Unit, Galeria Carlos Ishikawa, Artista Steve Bishop, courtesy Galeria Carlos Ishikawa - Sao Paulo Art Week

Condo Project Unit, Galeria Carlos Ishikawa, Artista Steve Bishop, courtesy Galeria Carlos Ishikawa

The central idea behind the project is to offer a collaborative instance so that gallery owners and collectors may have the opportunity to present their artists in different cities, reaching new audiences and new collectors (the galleries that house the exhibition shall not charge a fee for leasing the space). The exhibition’s inauguration is set to take place on April 7th, from 2 PM to 6 PM, and shall include artists from the galleries KOW (Berlin), Carlos Ishikawa (London), Simon Preston (NY), Nuno Centeno (Porto), Grey Noise (Dubai), PM8 (Vigo) and Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala).

Address: Galería Jaqueline Martins – Calle Dr. Cesário Mota Júnior, 443, Vila Buarque, São Paulo. www.galeriajaquelinemartins.com.br

Tríade Trindade, by Tunga, and Mundos Posibles by Hilma Af Klint at Sao Paulo’s Pinacoteca – The work of Tunga, one of Brazil’s most internationally well-known artists and who passed away in 2016, is being shown at Sao Paulo’s Pinacoteca. His work Tríade Trindade, donated to the Pinacoteca’s collection, was exhibited for the first time in 2001 at a retrospective show in Paris and was never exhibited again after that.
Hilma Klint, Pinacoteca Sao Paulo - Sao Paulo Art Week

Hilma Klint, Pinacoteca Sao Paulo

Tríade Trindade underwent a restoration process and is being exhibited at the Pinacoteca, based on this first apparition in Paris, keeping all of its original aesthetic aspects, such as the red lights and metallic structures that characterize this work. This large-scale piece weight four tons and takes up all of the Pinacoteca’s octagonal space. Tríade Trindade shall be on exhibition at the Pinacoteca until June of 2018. Another highlight in the Pinacoteca’s programming is the Hilma af Klint exhibition, Mundos Possíveis, which brings the work of this Swedish artist, considered to be a pioneer of XX century abstract art, to Brazil for the first time. The exhibition gathers 130 pieces by the artist, who changed the canons of art history by contesting male predominance in abstract art. Her work, produced at the beginning of the XX century during psychography sessions, present qualities and abstract techniques that came before the production of great representatives of abstractionism, such as Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich. The Klint exhibition rewrites the history of art and presents important abstract works that address spiritualism, philosophy, and even science. This must-see exhibition shall continue at the Pinacoteca until July of 2018. Another exhibition worth visiting is that of the work of Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó, currently one of the most celebrated artists of the art world, who is presenting Vera Cruz, a video in which the artist presents a fictional narrative of the discovery of Brazil. This piece received an award at the 13th Brazil Video Festival.

Address: Praça da Luz, 02 – Luz, Sao Paulo. www.pinacoteca.org.br

Gallery Night – An event organized in association with SP-Arte, in which several of the city’s galleries open their doors at special hours and promote an intense program of activities parallel to the Fair. Galleries from one of the city’s most bohemian and artistic neighborhoods, Vila Madalena, shall participate, as well as galleries from Sao Paulo’s most sophisticated neighborhood, Itaim Bibi. The participating galleries have prepared an intense program that includes book launches, guided visits to exhibitions and artists’ studios, performances and inaugurations.
Gallery Night, Conversatorio Adolfo Najas, Exposicion Ana Vitoria Mussi, Courtesy Galeria Lume - Sao Paulo Art Week

Gallery Night, Conversatorio Adolfo Najas, Exposicion Ana Vitoria Mussi, courtesy Galeria Lume

Vila Madalena galleries participating in this event include Raquel Arnaud, Millan, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Choque Cultural, and Instituto Tomie Otake. Itaim Bibi and Jardins galleries participating in Gallery Night include Baró Galeria, Luciana Brito Galeria, Zipper Galeria, Lume, Nara Roesler, Emmathomas, Luísa Strina, Carbono Galeria and Vermelho. A special highlight from the program is the inauguration of the Dias & Riedweg exhibition, in which the artists have worked around the work of photographer Charles Hovland, on April 10th, from 7 PM to 11 PM. Another notable event is the inauguration of the exhibition Dos meus comunistas cuido eu, by artist Lourival Cuquinha, at Baró Galería on April 7th, from 7 PM to 10 PM. A special conversation with curator Adolfo Montejo Navas regarding the exhibition Lethe, Mnemosyne, by artist Ana Vitória Mussi, is also worth noting; this shall take place at Lume gallery on April 10th from 5 PM to 10 PM.

The complete Gallery Night programming is available here: Sao Paulo Gallery Night

Signals/Sinais by Mira Schendel at MAM/SP – One of the most important artists in Brazilian modernism shall be showcased in a show at the Sao Paulo MAM during April. The exhibition Sinal/Signals is a piece of the Mira Schendel collection that was donated to MAM by collector Paulo Figueiredo in 1997.
MAM, Mira Schendel, Signals, FOTO Romulo Fialdini - Sao Paulo Art Week

MAM, Mira Schendel, Signals, FOTO Romulo Fialdini

Curated by Paulo Venancio Filho, the exhibition covers a vast body of work by the artist, presenting famous series of works by Schendel such as Monotipias, Toquinho y Objeto Gráficos. Another exhibition worth visiting is Oito Décadas de Abstração Informal, which presents the history of informal abstractionism in Brazil, curate by Felipe Chaimovich and Lauro Cavalcanti. Both exhibitions shall continue until April 22nd.

Address: Av. Pedro Álvares de Cabral, s/n, Parque Ibirapuera. www.mam.org.br

Vizinhos Distantes: Arte da América Latina no Acervo do Mac (MAC/USP) – One of the long-term exhibition at the MAC that has managed to draw the attention of international art critics over the past few years is Vizinhos Distantes: Arte da América Latina no Acervo do MAC USP, curated by investigator Cristina Freire. The exhibition covers works by Latin American artists present in the museum’s collection, exposing the often times difficult neighborly relations between Brazil and other Latin American countries, presenting iconic pieces by artists from all over the continent. The exhibition has been up since June 20th of 2015, and shall remain until June 23rd of 2019. It is also worth noting that the exhibition MAC USP no século XXI, a era dos artistas that was mounted in May of 2017 is still up: for this exhibition, a selection of pieces from the MAC’s collection prior to the year 2000 has been made, presenting experimental works with a curatorship that evinces the question of museum collection in relation to ephemeral and experimental contemporary works.
Francisco Copello, Calendario, 1974, courtesy divulgación MAC - Sao Paulo Art Week

Francisco Copello, Calendario, 1974, courtesy divulgación MAC

The person behind the curatorship of this exhibition is Kátia Canton. Another important exhibition at the museum is Samson Flexor – Traçados e Abstrações, which presents a selection of works from the career of this important Brazilian geometric abstractionism artist through pieces from the MAC USP collection, curated by Carmem Aranha. The exhibition shall run from January 23rd of 2015 through July of 2918. Finally, another exhibition worth visiting is Diário de Cheiros – Teto de vidro, a short-term exhibition (from March to May of 2018) of works by New York-based Brazilian artist Joseli de Castro. The artist, who has been working with installations and defining herself as a multimedia artist since the 1970s, presents works that range from drawings to objects, including an installation made out of broken wine glasses. The exhibition places an emphasis on the olfactory experience, and every installation includes strong smells that remit to memories and other sensorial experiences.

Address: Av. Pedro Álvares de Cabral, 1301. www.mac.usp.br
Experience the trendiest gastronomy of Sao Paulo

Experience the trendiest gastronomy of Sao Paulo

By Raiza Cavalcanti

Those who visit the city for the SP-Arte fair cannot miss the Sao Paulo gastronomy

With a population of over 12 million people, this metropolis has a little of the culture of each region of Brazil, as well as of each country in the world: it is for this reason that Sao Paulo gastronomy is worldly famous for its exuberance and diversity. There’s a little of everything: from the best Italian cuisine, to the best Chinese food restaurants, as well as Middle Eastern, Pakistani, German, and Northeastern food (the latter referring to the northeast of Brazil).

Eataly Restaurant

Italian food lovers shall be fascinated by how many restaurants are dedicated to Italy’s culinary arts in the city of Sao Paulo. The Italian immigration process that took place at the beginning of the XX century left its marks on Paulistiana culture, and there are even some neighborhoods, such as Brás, that became reference points for the Italian community within the city. Sao Paulo’s passion for Italian food has led to the search for an increasingly sophisticated and high-quality approach towards the preparation of these dishes. A good example of this is the restaurant Eataly Mare, Pesce & Vino, the latest venture from the Eataly restaurant chain.
Eataly Restaurant, San Paolo - Sao Paulo gastronomy: the trendiest restaurants

Eataly Restaurant, San Paolo

Located in the elegant neighborhood of Itaim Bibi, one of Sao Paulo’s most upscale areas and home to Brazil’s most important galleries, Eataly is a complex that combines a market on the ground floor and the group’s restaurants on the upper floor. Mare, Pesce & Vino is the newest of these restaurants, specializing in fish, seafood and wines and offering its clients elaborate dishes prepared with fresh and high-quality ingredients. Eataly takes special care of its seafood’s source, seeking to buy from small suppliers that commit to non-predatory fishing. The chef behind Eataly is Thiago Saldiva, who has prepared a menu of dishes inspired by Italian cuisine yet with a modern touch, making an emphasis on fish from the Brazilian coast. Eataly also has an excellent wine list, as this is one of the restaurant’s specialties, offering options from a variety of countries and pairings with the menu’s dishes. It’s the perfect place for a pleasant and sophisticated lunch after visiting the neighborhood’s most renowned art galleries, such as Luísa Strina, Nara Roesler, and others. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 AM to 11 PM and on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 AM to midnight.

Address: Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 1489 – Itaim Bibi, Sao Paulowww.eataly.com.br

Ton Hoi

If Asian food is your passion, Sao Paulo is a good place to try the best dishes of this gastronomical tradition. Japanese immigration, followed by a large Chinese and Korean immigration, has made Sao Paulo the city with one of the highest populations of Asian immigrants in the country. Asian culture has made its way into the city in such a way that Liberdade, Sao Paulo’s famous Asian district, is one of the most loved areas, both by Sao Paulo locals and tourists. Good Chinese, Korean, and Japanese food restaurants aren’t hard to come by in Sao Paulo. But there’s one that stands out for its quality, innovation, and sophistication: Ton Hoi. This restaurant is one of the most frequently named places in lists of best restaurants to open in Sao Paulo over the past few years. It also appears in several gastronomy articles published by restaurant critics in the country’s most renowned media outlets. Behind a simple appearance, it hides an enormous gastronomic treasure, with a menu that offers eighteen different Chinese noodle dishes, as well as a variety of fish, seafood, and meat main courses and a wide array of entrees. The restaurant follows the recipes created by Wong Chu Yuk, a Chinese immigrant that founded the restaurant four decades ago, yet with a modern touch added by Sao Paulo chef Tommy Wong.
TonHoi Edificio, San Paolo - Sao Paulo gastronomy: the trendiest restaurants

TonHoi Edificio, San Paolo

Ton Hoi reproduces the atmosphere of classic Chinese restaurants, adding a vintage air to the experience of visiting Chinese culture and culinary arts, with a touch of Brazil. The restaurant is located in the bucolic neighborhood of Butantã, in Sao Paulo, an area that concentrates the largest amount of green areas in the city and is filled with trees and parks. This area is also where important institutions are located, such as Sao Paulo University, one of the best in Brazil, and Instituto Butantã, known for its investigations in the area of health and which currently also functions as an open museum. For lovers of urban nature and Chinese food, visiting Ton Hoi is a fine treat. The restaurant is open every day from midday to 10 PM.

Address: Av. Professor Francisco Morato, 1484 – Butantã, Sao Paulo. www.tonhoi.com.br

Esther Rooftop

Imagine how great it would be if in addition to having an excellent food experience you could also experience the city through a fantastic panoramic view. In Sao Paulo, this is possible. The city has several rooftop restaurants and all of them offer incredible aesthetic and gastronomical experiences for their clients. The most well known and recognized of these restaurants is Esther Rooftop.
Esther RoofTop, San Paolo - Sao Paulo gastronomy: the trendiest restaurants

Esther RoofTop, San Paolo

Esther Rooftop is the latest venture of the famous Brazil-based French chef, Olivier Anquier. It’s a modern and elegant place that provides the experience of immersion into downtown Sao Paulo. Located on the terrace of one of city’s first modernist buildings, in the central Republica neighborhood, Esther offers one of the most beautiful and extensive views of Sao Paulo. This bistro-style restaurant highlights Brazilian ingredients, prepared with French cuisine techniques. Some of the highlights on the menu are the Terrine do Meu Avô (pork meat served with bread), fried chicken and shrimp ravioli, and Brazilian Camembert, a typical French cheese that is actually produced in Santa Caterina and served baked with honey and flower essences.
Esther Rooftop, dish,San Paolo - Sao Paulo gastronomy: the trendiest restaurants

Esther Rooftop, dish,San Paolo

Another element worth noting is the restaurant’s bar, which offers a wide variety of drinks, from the most traditional, such as the classis Gin Tonic, to other more modern ones, such as the Mediterraneo (gin, tonic, Sicilian lemon, Rosemary and Angostura bitter) and other that have been created by the Esther bar itself, such as the Rooftop (Tahitian lemon, Malibu vodka, sparkling wine and mint). It’s the perfect place to visit after a spending fun evening in the city, getting to know Sao Paulo’s history and tradition and enjoying a gastronomic experience that represents this city: modern and sophisticated, yet keeping its simplicity. Esther is open every day from midday to 11 PM.

Address: Calle Basílio da Gama, 29 – República, Sao Paulo. www.instagram.com/estherrooftop

Dona Onça

And for those who love cocktails, Sao Paulo is a paradise. There are countless options for bars that offer elaborate drinks of all sorts and styles, a variety of bottled and draft beers, wine from diverse parts of the world, all of this accompanied by delicious bar food menus. And for a fun night out on the town with good drinks and a pleasant atmosphere, Dona Onça and Guilhotina are ideal spots. Dona Onça’s main attractive is its location: the ground floor of Sao Paulo’s most famous modernist building, the Copan, which in turn is located in the middle of the city. The building itself has become one of the city’s touristic attractions, and is a compulsory stop for those who love good food as well as art. Currently, in addition to restaurants, the Copan houses important artistic projects such as the alternative gallery Pivô, which has made its way onto the map of important art spaces in the city and is definitely a place worth visiting. Dona Onça is a young bar with a modern and stripped-down style that specializes in drinks and traditional Brazilian fare, with a few contemporary touches. The entire place’s decoration is centered on onzas, a cougar-like feline, which gives the atmosphere a fun and elegant vibe.
Dona Onça, San Paolo - Sao Paulo gastronomy: the trendiest restaurants

Dona Onça, San Paolo

The menu, created by chef Janaina Rueda, highlights typical Brazilian preparations, such as Rabada (oxtail cooked with different spices), Dobradinha (white beans cooked with a variety of meats, and Fígado (cooked ox’s liver). The bar’s drinks are well known, and are also inspired in Brazilian tradition. The most highly demanded cocktail is the classic caipirinha. But Dona Onça’s menu isn’t limited to traditional preparations. The bar has also a few experiments of its own, such as the caipirinha de cajú (a typical fruit from North-East Brazil, mixed with sugar and cachaça), or special drinks made with a combination of Brazilian fruits, such as one that mixes passion fruit, orange, and vodka, or more sophisticated dishes such as the filé ao molho poivre com capellini na manteiga e sálvia (steak cooked in herb butter with capellini on the side). It’s a bar that goes for a traditional experience of Brazilian food, made with high-quality ingredients and elaborated with sophisticated gastronomic techniques. It’s a perfect place for lunch and an entertaining afternoon after getting to know one of the city’s most traditional spots, along with its intense cultural activities. Dona Onça is open every day from midday to 11:30 PM.

Address: Avenida Ipiranga, 200 – Edifício Copan, lojas 27 e 29. Centro. Sao Paulo, SP.bardadonaonca.com.br


Guilhotina: Guilhotina has one of the most privileged locations in Sao Paulo: it’s located in Pinheiros, a neighborhood in one of the city’s most modern districts. The neighborhood is close to the famous Vila Madalena, the heart of Sao Paulo’s cultural scene, home to the new galleries that are currently giving much to talk about in the Brazilian art market, as well as institutes such as the Instituto Tomie Otake. Guilhotina is a modern spot that offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere, where enjoyment is the main priority. Cocktails are the main attraction at the bar, which is known for the pleasant and entertaining interaction between patrons and the barmen. This bar was named one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, appearing in the ranking of best bars according to Drinks International magazine.
GUILHOTINA, San Paolo - Sao Paulo gastronomy: the trendiest restaurants


Guilhotina’s cocktail list is lengthy and presents a few curious and creative combinations that result in drinks such as Pantalones (Pisco Capel Moai Reservado, Alvear Fino, Marsala Heritage 1994 and berries) or Piña (des)Colada (Ron Bacardi with pineapple, absinthe, All SpiceDram, lemon and brown sugar). The food menu is simple but creative, including options such as the Sandwich de barriga de puerco (sourdough French bread, pork belly marinated in herbs, and green mayonnaise), Pizza Chena (a Neapolitan recipe for a pie with eggs, semi-cured cheese, and Italian salami), as well as traditional Argentinean-style empanadas. It’s the perfect place to bid the city of Sao Paulo farewell with a night of entertainment, sampling a wide array of excellent drinks in a young, modern, and fun atmosphere. Guilhotina is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 6 PM to 1 AM.

Address: Calle Costa Carvalho, 84 – Pinheiros, Sao Paulo. www.guilhotinabar.com.br
SP-ARTE 2018: The contemporary art fair of Sao Paulo Brazil

SP-ARTE 2018: The contemporary art fair of Sao Paulo Brazil

By Eugenia Bertelé

From April 11 to 15, São Paulo will be hosting the 14th edition of SP-Arte 2018, that has succeeded in turning from a regular modern and contemporary art fair into a real International Art Festival for this city, the most important economic center of the country

SP Arte 2017, general view - SP-ARTE 2018

SP-Arte 2017, general view

After these last two dramatic years – the recession, the major financial and political crisis, the corruption scandals all over the country – the economic growth seems to have finally restarted. Furthermore, since 2002 and thanks to a collective action by many Brazilian gallerists, the Government has decided to cut all custom duties on importations during the whole fair, SP-ARTE 2018, favoring both the participation of foreign customers, and the involvement of international artists – and of their pieces – working with local galleries.
Noemi Sala Atelier, INI Daybed, 2017 - SP-ARTE 2018

Noemi Sala Atelier, INI Daybed, 2017

160 high-profile exhibitors from 13 different Countries, 4 sectors, an incredibly busy agenda of side events, gallery nights, performances, debates and awards: SP-Arte is definitely the main Brazilian platform as for cultural exchange and professionalization of the local creative system, capable of creating and empowering the work of public institution and of private subjects – just like other similar Latin American realities.
Rodrigo Braga,Sinais de Alam, 2017, Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte - SP-ARTE 2018

Rodrigo Braga,Sinais de Alam, 2017, Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte

From the year it was founded, 2005, SP-Arte takes place in one of the most iconic spaces of the Brazilian modernism, the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, inside the project of the Ibirapuera Park designed by the archistar Oscar Niemeyer and seat of the 1957 São Paulo Biennial.
Walter Firamo, Pixinguinha, 1954, Galeria Mario Cohen - SP-ARTE 2018

Walter Firamo, Pixinguinha, 1954, Galeria Mario Cohen

The Main section will be hosting the most important Brazilian galleries dealing with modern and contemporary art, plus a few representatives of the international market – including for example David Zwirner and Marianne Goodman from New York City, Kurimanzutto from Mexico, White Cube from the UK and Franco Noero from Italy.
Hugo França,Banco Muriqui, 2017 - SP-ARTE 2018

Hugo França,Banco Muriqui, 2017

The Brazilian art market is no doubt the most developed of all South America, and this is confirmed by its capacity to host a venue exclusively dedicated to the marketing of design objects by world-renowned artists. Since 2015, in fact, SP-Arte has become aware of the power architecture and design can have as for representing the country globally, and has therefore decided to inaugurate a section dedicated to the sale of contemporary and modern furniture: Lamps, carpets and pieces created by the superstars of the Brazilian design (Lina Bo Bardi, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues, Fernando y Humberto Campana) and by talented independent designers like Ana Neute, Gustavo Bittencourt, Domingos Tórtora, Marcelo Alvarenga, Noemi Saga, etc.
Wolfang Tillmans,Cushion, 2017, David Zwirner gallery - SP-ARTE 2018

Wolfang Tillmans,Cushion, 2017, David Zwirner gallery

This edition will be featuring 33 100% Brazilian exhibitors (not including the American Herman Miller, having a second seat in São Paulo), and it will be possible to admire, for example, how indigenous materials can be turned into real works of art – just like the furniture sculptures by Hugo França, created after logs of native wood. A really can’t-miss opportunity for all collectors fallen under the spell of such a creation, capable of developing extremely interesting “places of being”, in an incessant dialogue with this country’s nature and vernacular traditions.
Jorge Zalszupin, Carrinho de chá, 1959, Etel - SP-ARTE 2018

Jorge Zalszupin, Carrinho de chá, 1959, Etel

More things you can’t miss at SP-Arte: The sections curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas – Solo –, where it will be possible to see how 16 different projects by artists from all over the planet, with completely different styles and ages dialogue with one another; Repertório, a program curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti where great international artists still not well-known in Brazil – Christian Boltanski or Chen Zen, for example – dialogue with prominent local exponents with works dated in the ‘80s; the Performance program, directed by the Brazilian artist Paula Garcia, the editorial section and the many Talks featuring a team of international artists, dealing with subjects like avant-garde and gender differences, São Paulo‘s architecture, all the new forms of collecting, digital art, and how performances have evolved today.
Adriana Varejão, Tintas Polvo, 2013, Mul.ti.plo Espaço Arte + Polígrafa Obra Gráfica - SP-ARTE 2018

Adriana Varejão, Tintas Polvo, 2013, Mul.ti.plo Espaço Arte + Polígrafa Obra Gráfica

So just put in your agenda this can’t-miss venue in São Paulo, and wait for our correspondent to keep you updated, live, on all the amazing events of this Brazilian art week. Stay tuned! SP-ARTE 2018 April 11 to 15 São Paulo, Brazil www.sp-arte.com