BIENALSUR 2019, the second edition of the cultural event of contemporary art from Argentina to the world, opens at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 17 at 11:30 am with works from the collection of the Paris Cartier Foundation. A project conceived by the renowned French artist Christian Boltanski. In this way, the biennial reaches the KM 2486 of its unique cartography that will be deployed across the globe until November with exhibitions of 400 artists in more than one hundred venues - with which it works jointly and collaboratively - 43 cities in twenty countries.
The International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America inaugurates the Getulio Vargas Foundation headquarters on July 17 at 11:30 a.m. where the intervention "Draw me a Flag/Dibújame una bandera; Cartier Foundation Collection", which is sponsored by the French Embassy and the Institut français d'Argentine.
The installation consists of 31 flags, designed by artists from different latitudes, that do not represent countries but only and simply visual identities for a world without borders.
The flags created by the artists Alessandro Mendini (ITA), Anna Mariani (BRA), Beatriz Milhazes (BRA), Bernard Piffaretti (FRA), Charwei Tsai (TWN), Claudia Andujar (BRA) will be flown at the FGV, Clemente Juliuz (PRY), Davi Kopenawa (BRA), Didier Marcel (FRA), Fei Dawei (CHI), Franck Scurt (FRA), Gao Shan (CHI), Hélène Delprat (FRA), Hu Liu (CHI), Hugues Reip (FRA), Iran (dessinateur Huni Kui) (BRA), Jean-Baptiste Bruant (FRA), Joseca (PRY), Leslie Wayne (GER), Macha Makeïeff (FRA), Marc Couturier (FRA), Marc Newson (AUS), Marie Darrieussecq (FRA), Michel Temman (FRA), Moebius (FRA), Monique Frydman (FRA), Nobuyoshi Araki (JPN), Osvaldo Pitoe (PRY), Rinko Kawauchi (JPN), Roland Lehoucq (FRA) and Tim Hawkinson (USA).
Based on an idea by Christian Boltanski, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art launched this project that continues growing and adding authors for new flags. The installation consists of a multitude of flags designed by artists, scientists, philosophers and friends of the Cartier Foundation, who contributed to its programs over the years and constitute a strong community today.
The project is also part of BIENALSUR 2019 in the public space in the City of Buenos Aires and is related to the work "Flags of the end of the world” (“Banderas del fin del mundo") installed in Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost point of the biennial where the opening of this cultural mega event took place.