Talk: Bienal de São Paulo’s Jacopo Crivelli Visconti

Curator of the Bienal de São Paulo 2020 Jacopo Crivelli Visconti will visit Finland in August under Frame’s expert visitor programme.

In the discussion to be held at the Helsinki Art Museum HAM on Wednesday 28 August at 5–7pm, Visconti will speak about his curatorial process and plans for upcoming Bienal de São Paulo.

The 34th Bienal de São Paulo promises to bring together the city’s cultural institutions.

“We propose to resume the show’s experimental character in regard to the curatorial premises that govern it”, Visconti says. “Brazilian art scene currently needs to be rethought in light of the growth of local institutions, and in this edition, the Bienal will seek to dialogue and form relationships in an entirely new way.”

The Bienal de São Paulo was initiated in 1951 being the world’s second oldest art biennial. Since 1957, the Bienal de São Paulo has been held in the Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion in the Parque do Ibirapuera. The biennial features both Brazilian and international artists, and the exhibitions are held under the direction of rotating chief curators.

The discussion is moderated by Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

The event is organised by Frame Contemporary Art Finland in collaboration with HAM and it is open for everyone to participate.


Jacopo Crivelli Visconti (1973, Italy) is a curator and art critic based in São Paulo.

Crivelli holds a PhD in architecture from the Universidade de São Paulo. He was a member of the team of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo from 2001 to 2009, and curated the Brazilian participation at the 52nd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2007.

His recent works include Untimely, Again, Pavilion of the Republic of Cyprus at the 58th International art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2019); Brasile – Il coltello nella carne, PAC – Padiglione d’arte contemporanea, Milan, Italy (2018); Matriz do tempo real, Museu de Arte Contemporânea of the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (2018), and Memories of Underdevelopment, Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, USA (2017).

During his visit in Finland, Visconti meets artists and art professionals is Helsinki.

Visconti’s expert visit is organised collaboration with OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, The Danish Arts Agency and Iaspis – Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.


Talk: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti
Wed 28 August 2019

5–7 pm
Helsinki Art Museum , Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8


Image: Curatorial team of Bienal de São Paulo 2020: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Francesco Stocchi, Paulo Miyada, Ruth Estévez, Carla Zaccagnini. © Pedro Ivo Trasferetti / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.