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Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

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São Paulo Art Guide

Brazil

All Exhibitions In São Paulo

Contemporary art exhibition, Abraham Palatnik, Obras Recentes e Pontuações Históricas at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
8 February–21 March 2020 Abraham Palatnik Obras Recentes e Pontuações Históricas Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Faith Wilding, CONDO São Paolo: Anat Ebgi at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles
1 February–7 March 2020 Faith Wilding CONDO São Paolo: Anat Ebgi at Galeria Jaqueline Martins
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
2 December 2019–15 February 2020 Group Show Estruturas Encontradas [Found Structures] Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Vik Muniz, Superfícies at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
24 October 2019–30 January 2020 Vik Muniz Superfícies Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Lucia Koch, Tumulto, Turbilhão at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
31 August–19 October 2019 Lucia Koch Tumulto, Turbilhão Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Sérgio Sister, Images of a Pop Youth – Political Paintings and Prison Drawings at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
10 August–5 October 2019 Sérgio Sister Images of a Pop Youth – Political Paintings and Prison Drawings Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Marcelo Silveira, Compacto mundo das coisas at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
8 June–15 August 2019 Marcelo Silveira Compacto mundo das coisas Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Philippe Decrauzat, Circulation at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
2 April–1 June 2019 Philippe Decrauzat Circulation Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Reflections on Space and Time at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
1 April–11 May 2019 Group Exhibition Reflections on Space and Time Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Angelo Venosa, Penumbra at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
11 February–16 March 2019 Angelo Venosa Penumbra Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Not Vital, Saudade at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
12 November 2018–16 March 2019 Not Vital Saudade Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Cristina Canale, Cabeças/Falantes at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
10 November 2018–26 January 2019 Cristina Canale Cabeças/Falantes Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Antonio Dias, Tazibao e outras obras (Tazibao and other works) at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
1 September–3 November 2018 Antonio Dias Tazibao e outras obras (Tazibao and other works) Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Artur Lescher, Asterismos at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
27 August–3 November 2018 Artur Lescher Asterismos Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Berna Reale, GULA at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
27 August–27 October 2018 Berna Reale GULA Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Fabio Miguez, Fragmentos do Real (Atalhos) at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
23 June–11 August 2018 Fabio Miguez Fragmentos do Real (Atalhos) Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Bruno Dunley, No Meio at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
23 June–11 August 2018 Bruno Dunley No Meio Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Roesler Hotel #28: Screenspace at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
10 April–30 May 2018 Group Exhibition Roesler Hotel #28: Screenspace Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, León Ferrari, For a World with No Hell at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
10 April–30 May 2018 León Ferrari For a World with No Hell Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Brígida Baltar, A Carne do Mar at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
26 February–24 March 2018 Brígida Baltar A Carne do Mar Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Laura Vinci, Morro Mundo at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
26 February–24 March 2018 Laura Vinci Morro Mundo Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Carlito Carvalhosa, Faço Tudo Para Não Fazer Nada at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
25 November 2017–7 February 2018 Carlito Carvalhosa Faço Tudo Para Não Fazer Nada Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Julio Le Parc, 9 + 3 + RV at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
25 November 2017–7 February 2018 Julio Le Parc 9 + 3 + RV Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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Brazil's financial hub of São Paulo is home to a dynamic arts scene, with galleries, museums, and art festivals aplenty. The second oldest biennial in the world after the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paulo is a staple in the city's annual programme alongside the art fair, SP-Arte, founded in 2005. Further to its thriving gallery community, the Lina Bo Bardi-designed Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) guarantees access to some of the best of art from Brazil and beyond.

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The Bienal de São Paulo takes place each year in the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, originally designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1957. Since its founding in 1951, the biennial has remained one of the most important large-scale art exhibitions in Brazil and provides a platform for year-round activities at its pavilion, including lectures, seminars, and training sessions for teachers. Likewise, MASP offers an important programme of international and Brazilian art from its a striking modernist building in glass and concrete, elevated by two monumental red frames. MASP was relocated to Avenida Paulista in 1968 from its original location downtown, and contains around 8,000 works, primarily of the post-war period.

A number of cultural institutions have joined MASP on Avenida Paulista in recent years, owing to a decision in 2015 by the city's authorities to render the avenue car-free on Sundays, thereby increasing accessibility. One such institution is the Moreira Salles Institute (IMS), which boasts free admission to its seven-story gallery, which opened in 2017. A gift to the city from the foundation of banker and art collector Walter Moreira Salles, IMS includes a photography library, cinema, and lecture halls, with major exhibitions including Richard Serra's first public sculpture in Latin America, Echo (2019), and Irving Penn: Centennial, a travelling retrospective to mark the centenary of the photographer's birth, first organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2017.

The Fernanda Feitosa-founded SP-Arte describes itself as 'Brazil's main platform for arts dissemination and commerce', attracting key international and Brazilian galleries, including David Zwirner, Galeria Luisa Strina, Galeria Nara Roesler, Lisson Gallery, Fortes d'Aloia & Gabriel, and neugerriemschneider, of the 124 that participated in its April 2019 edition. An established community of collectors in Brazil supports the regional art scene, with São Paulo's galleries catering to this community. Mainstays include Luciana Brito Galeria, housed in a Rino Levi-designed villa from 1958, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation—an accompaniment to many of the city's galleries, including Mendes Wood DM, which was founded in 2010 by Felipe Dmab and has branches in Brussels and New York. The gallery aims to provide a 'kunsthalle' structure in the city, by bringing international artists such as Alvaro Barrington, Francesca Woodman, Neïl Beloufa, Michael Dean, Otobong Nkanga, and Kishio Suga. A ten-minute drive away, near the Italian neighbourhood of Bela Vista, Galeria Jaqueline Martins fosters 'research-oriented conceptualist practices characterized by critical, even subversive, approaches'. A host of other galleries have cropped up in the city over the last two decades, including the not-for-profit Galeria Vermelho, which presents works by artists and theoreticians, fostering dialogue around the field of performance, while Choque Cultural presents subversive exhibitions around 'underground culture, showing pop, outsider & young art in original style' since 2004. Choque Cultural is also an established publisher, creating screen print editions in collaboration with artists.

Just over a 15-minute walk away from Choque Cultural, the Instituto Tomie Ohtake provides the opportunity to view works by Japanese-Brazilian informal abstractionist Tomie Ohtake, who arrived in Brazil from Kyoto in 1936, and became an important figure in São Paulo's art scene from the 1950s right up until her death in 2015. The institute provides a platform to understand Ohtake's practice within artistic developments of the last six decades and earlier, and has staged exhibitions by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Josef Albers, Yayoi Kusama, and more.

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