about us

The Fundação Bienal de São Paulo is a vibrant institution that conceives and implements artistic, educational and social initiatives. In addition to producing the event that energizes the art world every two years, it holds activities all year round in a pavilion that is emblematic of Brazilian modernist architecture as well as inside and outside of Brazil. A cultural institution with no political or religious affiliations, the Fundação Bienal seeks to introduce new ideas, provoke debates and educate the eye of the public with an ever-renewing sense of restlessness, purpose and questioning.

Founded by businessman Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho (also known as Ciccillo) on May 8, 1962, the institution also houses a historical archive on modern and contemporary art seen as a benchmark in Latin America. The aim of the institution is to democratize access to culture and stimulate interest in artistic creation. Activities include guided tours of the exhibitions, training sessions for teachers, in-person and distance courses, lectures and seminars.

The Fundação Bienal benefits from a set group of contributors who work collaboratively in order to ensure the quality of the projects and the development of sustainable initiatives aligned with the challenges of our time.

What we do

COMMITMENT TO THE VISUAL ARTS

EDUCATING THE PUBLIC

PRESERVATION OF MEMORY

DIALOGUE WITH FIELDS OF THOUGHT AND KNOWLEDGE

PROMOTING BRAZILIAN ART

PRODUCTION AND CIRCULATION OF CONTENT

AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE

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There are many art exhibitions, fairs, museums of all types and a variety of festivals, but there is only one Bienal de São Paulo. The biggest exhibition in the southern hemisphere, the Bienal is driven by innovative facets of the contemporary art scene, drawing over 500,000 people at every edition. Each Bienal attracts the attention of the entire world, boosting the economy in the city of São Paulo and reaffirming the missions that guided its creation: dedication to the visual arts, education of the public and development of the Brazilian cultural scene.

Admission to the Bienal is free to the public throughout its three-month duration. In parallel to the exhibition, an intensive program of events is held, comprised of debates, seminars, performances and presentations, with activities designed for a variety of audiences. Much more than just an art exhibition, the Bienal is a catalyst for meetings, events and economic activity – the exhibition generates approximately R$ 300 million in business for the city, where it is the sixth largest event on the calendar in terms of visitors.

Beyond the Horizon

Fundação Bienal activities have an impact that extends well beyond the city and the nation. In the year following each Bienal de São Paulo, selections from the exhibition travel to different cities in Brazil and abroad thanks to partnerships established with museums, cultural institutions and public and private organizations in different regions in a traveling show. Presented to a variety of audiences, the exhibition takes on new meanings and perspectives, helping to fuel cultural debate.

The Fundação Bienal de São Paulo is also responsible for conceiving and producing the showcase of Brazilian art and architecture for each Venice Biennale, in a threefold collaborative effort by the Fundação Bienal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture. Since 1995, the mission of choosing the curators who, in turn, select the artists to represent the country at the event, has been handed by the Brazilian government to the institution, acknowledging its historical importance, as well as its prominent role in the contemporary cultural agenda.

Meet our team

TRUSTEES AND EXECUTIVE BOARD

Founder
Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho · 1898–1977 · Chairman Emeritus

Management Board
Tito Enrique da Silva Neto · President
Alfredo Egydio Setubal · Vice President

Lifetime Members
Adolpho Leirner
Alex Periscinoto
Álvaro Augusto Vidigal
Beatriz Pimenta Camargo
Beno Suchodolski
Carlos Francisco Bandeira Lins
Cesar Giobbi
Elizabeth Machado
Jens Olesen
Julio Landmann
Marcos Arbaitman
Pedro Aranha Corrêa do Lago
Pedro Paulo de Sena Madureira
Roberto Muylaert
Rubens José Mattos Cunha Lima

Members
Alberto Emmanuel Whitaker
Ana Helena Godoy de Almeida Pires
Andrea Matarazzo (on leave)
Antonio Bias Bueno Guillon
Antonio Henrique Cunha Bueno
Cacilda Teixeira da Costa
Camila Appel
Carlos Alberto Frederico
Carlos Augusto Calil
Carlos Jereissati Filho
Claudio Thomas Lobo Sonder
Danilo Santos de Miranda
Daniela Villela
Eduardo Saron
Emanoel Alves de Araújo
Evelyn Ioschpe
Fábio Magalhães
Fersen Lamas Lambranho
Geyze Marchesi Diniz
Heitor Martins
Horácio Lafer Piva
Jackson Schneider
Jean-Marc Robert Nogueira Baptista Etlin
João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz
Joaquim de Arruda Falcão Neto
José Olympio da Veiga Pereira
Kelly Pinto de Amorim
Lorenzo Mammi
Lucio Gomes Machado
Luis Terepins
Marcelo Eduardo Martins
Marcelo Mattos Araújo (on leave)
Marcelo Pereira Lopes de Medeiros
Maria Ignez Corrêa da Costa Barbosa
Marisa Moreira Salles
Miguel Wady Chaia
Neide Helena de Moraes
Paula Regina Depieri
Paulo Sérgio Coutinho Galvão
Ronaldo Cezar Coelho
Sérgio Spinelli Silva Jr.
Susana Leirner Steinbruch
Victor Pardini

Audit Board
Carlos Alberto Frederico
Carlos Francisco Bandeira Lins
Claudio Thomas Lobo Sonder
Pedro Aranha Corrêa do Lago

Board
João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz · President
Eduardo Saron
Flavia Buarque de Almeida
João Livi
Justo Werlang
Lidia Goldenstein
Renata Mei Hsu Guimarães
Ricardo Brito Santos Pereira
Rodrigo Bresser Pereira

International Advisory Board
José Olympio da Veiga Pereira · President
Susana Leirner Steinbruch · Vice President
Barbara Sobel
Bill Ford
Catherine Petitgas
Debora Staley
Eduardo Costantini
Estrellita Brodsky
Frances Reynolds
Kara Moore
Lonti Ebers
Mariana Clayton
Patricia Cisneros
Paula e Daniel Weiss

Honorary Board
Alex Periscinoto
Edemar Cid Ferreira
Heitor Martins
Jorge Eduardo Stockler
Julio Landmann
Luis Terepins
Luiz Diederichsen Villares
Manoel Francisco Pires da Costa
Roberto Muylaert

Team

Superintendency
Luciana Guimarães
Projects General Coordination
Dora Silveira Corrêa · General Coordinator
Administrative and Finance Coordination
Emilia Ramos · General Coordinator

Communication
Felipe Taboada · Coordinator
Adriano Campos
Ana Elisa de Carvalho Price
Diana Dobránszky
Eduardo Lirani
Julia Bolliger Murari
Pedro Ivo Trasferetti von Ah
Victor Bergmann

Special Projects
Paula Signorelli

Institutional Relations and Fundraising
Flávia Abbud · Coordinator
Eduardo Sena
Irina Cypel
Mariana Sesma
Raquel Silva
Rayssa Foizer

General Secretariat
Maria Rita Marinho
Carlos Roberto Rodrigues Rosa
Josefa Gomes

Bienal Archive
Ana Luiza de Oliveira Mattos · Coordinator
Ana Paula Andrade Marques
Fernanda Curi
Giselle Rocha
Melânie Vargas de Araujo

Editorial
Cristina Fino

Research and Content
Thiago Gil

Production
Felipe Isola · Planning and Logistics Coordinator
Joaquim Millan · Artwork Production and Exhibition
Dorinha Santos
Felipe Melo Franco
Gabriela Lopes
Graziela Carbonari
Heloisa Bedicks
Veridiana Simons
Viviane Teixeira
Waleria Dias

Educational Program
Claudia Vendramini · Coordinator
Laura Barboza
Bianca Casemiro
Regiane Ishii

Legal Counsel
Bruna Andrade

Finance
Amarildo Firmino Gomes · Coordinator
Fábio Kato
Silvia Andrade Branco

Planning and Operations
Marcela Amaral · Coordinator
Danilo Alexandre Machado de Souza
Rone Amabile

Human Resources
Albert Cabral dos Santos

Building Management and Maintenance
Valdemiro Rodrigues da Silva · Coordinator
Angélica de Oliveira Divino
Daniel Pereira
Larissa Di Ciero Ferradas
Vinícius Robson da Silva Araújo
Wagner Pereira de Andrade

Information Technology
Leandro Takegami · Coordinator