The contemporary art fair ARCOmadrid was the setting for the official presentation of the BIENALSUR 2019 cartography, a folding booklet that includes all the artists, curators, venues, and cities that will be part of the new edition of the greatest cultural event organized in Argentina for the world.
The meeting brought together Marta Gili (former Director of the Jeu de Paume in Paris), Aníbal Jozami (General Director of BIENALSUR and Rector of the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, UNTREF), José Carlos Mariategui (Peruvian scientist, writer and curator), Christian Boltanski (French artist), and Diana Weschler (Artistic-Academic Director of BIENALSUR), under the coordination of Spanish curator Estrella de Diego.
The event took place at the Arco Foundation hall, at Pavillion 9 of Ifema in the Spanish capital, where the speakers referred to BIENALSUR 2019, a constellation of over 150 exhibitions in various cities of twenty countries with artists from the entire world, whose second edition will be held between June and November.
The International Contemporary Art Biennial of South America features an unconventional format and its territory spans the whole world. It thus builds a new geography that is not based upon territorial borders but on a solidary multicultural global community, hence the importance of this unique and singular cartography.
As a symbol of this connection between its venues, BIENALSUR has decided to establish its KM O at the former Immigrants’ Hotel in the port of Buenos Aires, currently the site of Muntref Contemporary Art Centre, an emblem of the space that welcomed citizens from all over the world at the beginning of the 20th century.
The city of Madrid was the setting for the presentation of the second edition of this biennial that seeks to keep up with the pace of contemporary creations and promote the access of large audiences to a wide array of artistic manifestations with free exhibitions in the most diverse latitudes.
In this regard, Spain is one of the highlights in the cartography of the biennial since the Reina Sofía National Museum of Madrid will feature the show “Keep Reading, Giving Rise” by Spanish artist Rogelio López Cuenca as part of BIENALSUR.
Additionally, on the island of Palma de Mallorca, the Foundation Es Baluard Mseu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma will present a collective show with pieces by Spanish artists Irene de Andrés, Francisco Ruiz de Infante, and Bernardí Roig; and Marcelo Viquez from Uruguay, among others.
In 2017, the first edition of BIENALSUR brought together around 400 artists in 32 cities from 16 countries in simultaneous exhibitions in 84 venues, including museums, cultural centres and iconic public spaces, all of them with free admission.