Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro will be curator of 33rd São Paulo Bienal in 2018

February 3, 2017

The CPPC congratulates its Director and Chief Curator, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro on his appointment as the curator of the next edition of the Bienal de São Paulo, to take place September 2018!

“It is an honor to be invited to orchestrate an exhibition of the size and importance of the São Paulo Bienal. Its importance as a panorama of Latin American art is unparalleled; its historical relevance, beyond question.”

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Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro


We are excited to announce that Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director and Chief Curator of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC), has been appointed the curator of the next edition of the Bienal de São Paulo, to take place September 2018.

With over 20 years of experience, Pérez-Barreiro has been working at the CPPC for almost a decade; previously he was curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin (2002–2008), Chief Curator of the 6th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre (2007), and Director of Visual Arts at Americas Society in New York (2000–2002).

He was an advisor to the Iberê Camargo Foundation and his curatorial projects in Brazil and abroad include exhibitions of Lygia Pape, Geraldo de Barros, Rivane Neuenschwander, Waltercio Caldas, and Willys de Castro. In April, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía will open an exhibition dedicated to the critic Mario Pedrosa, co-curated by Pérez-Barreiro and Michelle Sommer.

“It is an honor to be invited to orchestrate an exhibition of the size and importance of the São Paulo Bienal. Its importance as a panorama of Latin American art is unparalleled; its historical relevance, beyond question”, he stated.

For the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo´s President, João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz, a vast knowledge of Latin American art and broad international experience made Pérez-Barreiro the ideal name to lead the event. “He is deeply connected with the main debates underway on the contemporary scene, which is precondition for staging a Bienal.”

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Inside Parque do Ibirapuera, site of the Bienal de São Paulo. Photo by Sérgio Valle Duarte, taken from Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oscar_Niemeyer,_Bienal,_Ibirapue...