Sp Arte

The biggest Art Fair in Latin America - Preview: What's new on the SP-Arte 2017?

From 6th to 9th April 2017 the most important art fair in Latin America opens its doors for the 12th time. This time, the show is part of the São Paulo International Art Festival, which goes beyond the borders of Ibirapuera Park. There will be numerous events, museums, galleries and cultural sites.

It all started in 2005 when lawyer and art collector Feitosa founded the first art fair in Brazil. At that time, around 30 galleries exhibited and the fair took only place in Oscar Niemeyer's Biennial Pavilion that opened in 1957. Today, the fair offers a much wider range of art, a mixture of renowned artists and a fine selection of artworks that will challenge the visitors.

The "Main Sector” will focus on international and national exhibitors including highlights from contemporary art and Brazilian modernity. In the "Showcase“, you will find upcoming galleries such as Cavalo, Choque Cultural and Periscópio. In the "Repertório" section, Jacopo Crivelli will curate Visconti's works created by artists born before 1950. Among others, there are artworks by Richard Long, Lothar Baumgarten and Pino Pascali. In the "Solo" area, visitors can visit a series of lectures. Here, for example, international artists such as Franz Erhard Walther (KOW, Berlin), Gabriel Abrantes (Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon) and national stars like Carolina Martinez (Portas Vilaseca, Rio de Janeiro) talk to the audience.

On the upper floor, the design fair will take place for the second time this year. There will be furniture, lighting, design objects and antiques on the view. It is exciting that the Brazilian design scene is famous for its fantastic artworks out of wood. Worldwide leading artists such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi and Roberto Burle Marx will exhibit here this year.

As every year, there will also be a "performance" sector. For this year's SP-Arte, there is a partnership with the University of Belas Artes. However, the names of the performance artists that will perform are still a secret.

The SP-Arte program is rounded off by a collaboration in dialogue with the city of São Paulo. There will be a Gallery Night, during which many public places like museums, galleries and cultural centers will open up.

One can rightly claim that SP-Arte has become one of the most important and, above all, the fastest growing art trade fairs in South America. We will come up with a follow-up report after the exhibitions. Stay tuned!