Federal Ministry of Culture, Rio Grande do Sul State Department of Culture, Tourism, Sport & Leisure and Santander present:

2003

4ª Mercosur Biennial

curator

Nelson Aguilar

The 4 th Mercosur Biennial included Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, with Mexico as guest country. This edition also included a transnational exhibition with artists from several other countries, such as Germany, Cuba and United States. A total of 84 artists from 16 countries took part in the 4 th Biennial, which was the edition with the greatest participation of nonLatin American artists.

4ª Mercosur Biennial

CURATORIAL PROject

The 4 th Mercosur Biennial included Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, with Mexico as guest country. This edition also included a transnational exhibition with artists from several other countries, such as Germany, Cuba and United States. A total of 84 artists from 16 countries took part in the 4 th Biennial, which was the edition with the greatest participation of nonLatin American artists. Seeking to promote a questioning of the specificities of Latin American art as an alternative approach to that from the hegemonic centers, the 4 th edition constructed relations of affinity between the archaeological and the contemporary, highlighting the links between the origins and present conditions of Latin American cultures. This edition also promoted insertion of the Mercosur Biennial project into the agenda of political discussion in Mercosur, confirming it as the biggest Latin American visual art event and consolidating Porto Alegre as an international centre for cultural and civic encounters and dissemination. For this reason the opening event was attended for the first time by the President of the Republic, together with presidents and representatives from other participating countries, making it into a major national and international occasion. The contemporary and historical sections of the 4 th Biennial involved a total of 17 exhibitions. Taking Contemporary Archaeology as an underlying theme, the curators organized seven iconic exhibitions, consisting of a celebrated artist from each country to accompany the national representations: Antonio Berni, from Argentina, Pierre Verger, from France, with photos of Bolivian peoples, Roberto Matta, from Chile, Livio Abramo, from Paraguay, María Freire, from Uruguay, and José Clemente Orozco, from Mexico. Three curated exhibitions completed this edition: The Delirium of Chimborazo, The Archaeology of the High Country and Low Country and Genetic Archaeology. The artist of honor was the Brazilian artist, Saint Clair Cemin. The historical exhibition, The Archaeology of the High Country and Low Country, showed preColumbian art and sought to bring in elements that questioned the artificial division between the High Country and Low Country, which has been a feature of part of South American archaeology since the end of the Second World War. It included more than 120 works made by some of the most ancient peoples on the American continent, representing vanished cultures like the Chavin, Moche and Nazca, from the area that is now Peru, or the Tiahuanaco culture of Bolivia. The transversal exhibition, The Delirium of Chimborazo, brought together artists from Latin America, the United States and Europe, who made work inspired by Simón Bolívar's route, based on his poem, Mi Delírio sobre el Chimborazo. The national representations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay were shown in the Quayside Warehouses, and those of Bolivia and Paraguay were shown in the Usina do Gasômetro. This was the first Mercosur Biennial in which the works of the participating countries were shown according to geographical boundaries. The 4th Mercosur Biennial made great efforts towards integration with the community, with emphasis on the preparation of mediators and supervisors for broad diffusion of art. With free admission, the 4th Mercosur also achieved record attendance figures with more than one million visitors to its various exhibition spaces. As in the other editions, part of the Biennial exhibitions toured to other cities. The Foundation organized tours to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states in pursuit of a more effective cultural integration policy. Source: "A Concise History of the Mercosur Biennial"

Nelson Aguilar

TEAM

Curador-geral

Nelson Aguilar

Curador-adjunto 

Franklin Espath Pedroso

Curadoria México (país convidado)

Edgardo Ganado Kim

Curadoria Argentina

Adriana Rosenberg

Curadoria Bolívia

Cecilia Bayá Botti

Curadoria Brasil

Franklin Espath Pedroso

Curadoria Chile

Francisco Brugnoli

Curadoria Paraguai

Javier Rodríguez Alcalá

Curadoria Uruguai

Gabriel Peluffo Linari

Curadoria Arqueologia das Terras Altas

Eduardo Góes Neves

Curadoria Adjunta Arqueologia das Terras Altas

Adriana Schmidt Dias 

Concepção Arqueologia Genética

Ary Perez 

Coordenação Científica Arqueologia Genética

Sergio Danilo Pena 

Curadoria O Delírio de Chimborazo

Alfons Hug 

Curadoria José Clemente Orozco

Augustin Arteaga 

Curadoria Antonio Berni

Nelson Aguilar 

Curadoria Saint Clair Cemin

Nelson Aguilar 

Curadoria Pierre Verger

Alex Baradel 

Curadoria Roberto Matta

Francisco Brugnoli 

Curadoria Lívio Abramo

Javier Rodríguez Alcalá 

Curadoria María Freire

Gabriel Peluffo Linari

 

ARTISTS

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