The exhibitions are open to the public, admission free, from September 15 to November 20 in Porto Alegre
In its return to an in-person format, the 13th Mercosul Biennial reflects on collective experiences, with 100 artists from more than 20 countries. In addition to works at the Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul–MARGS, Memorial do Rio Grande do Sul, Farol Santander Porto Alegre, Cais do Porto, Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Instituto Ling, Casa da Ospa (Fronteiras do Pensamento), and Instituto Caldeira, this edition also features an Urban Art Itinerary in the city center area.
Marcello Dantas is the exhibition curator for the 13th Mercosul Biennial, with assistant curators Carollina Lauriano, Laura Cattani, Munir Klamt and Tarsila Riso, with Germana Konrath as the curator of education. Free admission to all exhibition spaces. Focusing on the theme of Trauma, Dream and Escape, this Biennial aims to provide visitors with an immersive experience through all their senses and perceptions. A leader in the business community, Carmen Ferrão is the president of this 13th Biennial, which takes place from September 15 to November 20 in Porto Alegre.
This edition recognizes traumas–both individual and collective–as the greatest fuel ever for art and understands dreams as an escape strategy. Thus, collective traumatic experience, as is the case of the Covid-19 epidemic, drives artistic creation into a new territory. The impact on the shared imaginary through the activation of the oneiric, of dreams and deliriums, opens doors to an escape from a condition imposed upon all of us.
Working at the borders of art and technology, Chief Curator Marcello Dantas is an interdisciplinary creator. Behind the conception of several museums, such as the Portuguese Language Museum, Japan House, and the Museum of the Caribbean in Colombia, Dantas produces exhibitions, museums, and multiple projects that seek to provide immersive experiences of the senses and perception.
With the aim of offering an experience in art and new technologies, the 13th Mercosul Biennial launched an Open Call in 2021, receiving more than 880 artistic proposals from 22 countries, among them Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Slovenia and Germany. A first for the Biennial, the selection committee chose 18 artists and collectives to comprise the exhibit Transe [Trance] at the city’s newest cultural space, Instituto Caldeira. The projects selected for this Biennial explore and investigate new technologies, languages and materials, as well as revisiting traditional knowledge and techniques.
Of the projects selected by the curators Marcello Dantas, Carollina Lauriano, Laura Cattani, Munir Klamt and Tarsila Riso, 15 are Brazilian and another four are artists or collectives from Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia, and the United States. For Dantas, “in addition to the high quality of the proposals we received, it was surprising to find projects that proved to be consistent and quite innovative, relating art to biology and other organic elements.” Leading up to the start of the 13th Mercosul Biennial, artists received mentorship from curators and technical support in the labs of partner organizations, with access to materials and equipment.
List of Artists by Exhibition Space:
Gustavo Prado (Largo Moacyr Scliar)
Túlio Pinto (Avenida Borges de Medeiros)
Hector Zamora (Travessa dos Cataventos)
Carlos Nader (Cúpula CCMQ)
Cais do Porto | Armazém A6:
Sigismond de Vajay & Kevin Lesquenner + LAPSo
Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana:
Anna Costa e Silva & Nanda Félix
C. L. Salvaro
Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich com Olga Treivas
Janaina Mello Landini
Casa da OSPA (Fronteiras do Pensamento):
Julius von Bismarck
Fundação Iberê Camargo:
Cesar & Lois
Leandra Espírito Santo
Ana Vitória, Leticia Monte e Carolyna Aguiar
Gabriel de la Mora
Juliana Góngora Rojas
Martin Soto Climent
Mobile Collection (MARGS collection)
Antonio Henrique Amaral
Iole de Freitas
Noélia de Paula
Memorial do RS
Janaína de Barros
Lia Menna Barreto
The Educational Project is one of the programs of the Mercosul Biennial, held in Porto Alegre since 1997. For the 6th edition, in 2007, it reached a new level, allowing for a greater integration with the community and different audiences. From this moment on the educational programming became permanent with the Mercosul Biennial Visual Arts Foundation, thus fulfilling its institutional role by promoting the qualification of art instruction and the development of critical and creative thinking through training and workshops, among other activities.
For the 13th edition, the education team organized events and activities in various platforms and formats over an extensive period of time to promote the qualification of art instruction and the development of critical and creative thinking on an ongoing basis.
Um diálogo sincero–Curso para Formação de Mediadores [Heart to Heart–Mediation Training Course], takes place from July 12 to September 14 at the Centro Cultural da UFRGS and is aimed at students and professionals interested in contemporary art, education, citizenship and culture accessibility. Free-of-charge and divided into two modules, the course meets 25 times in total. It will address practical and theoretical matters, with reflections involving the themes of this Biennial edition–Trauma, Dream and Escape.
Zonas de contato [Contact Zones]–The 13th Mercosul Biennial Seminar addresses the theme of Trauma, Dream and Escape from different experiences, backgrounds and areas of knowledge—without hierarchizing that knowledge. There will be six in-person meetings between July and November at Instituto Ling. Exact dates, confirmed guests and seminar registration information will be announced shortly.
With in-person meetings between June and November, also at Instituto Ling, the Conversas de cozinha–Bastidores da 13ª Bienal do Mercosul [Kitchen Conversations—Behind the Scenes at the 13th Mercosul Biennial] will demystify artistic processes and bring them closer to the community, based on the day-to-day activities of the production, education and architecture teams of this Biennial.
Other programming in the Educational Project includes workshops for the general public (some with registration required), meetings with educators, participation in artistic projects specifically commissioned for this Biennial, and educational interventions through the coordination of educational activities with other institutions. This is all in addition to the Education Project’s flagship activity of museum docents, mediating in all the expository spaces of the Biennial, whether for the general public or scheduled groups and visitors. With the aim of expanding access, three buses will make it possible to transport Greater Porto Alegre public school system groups to the Biennial exhibitions.
Throughout 12 editions of the Biennial, the Educational Project has scheduled one million two hundred thousand school visitors, produced 298 thousand didactic materials for students, teachers and schools, and has trained more than 2 thousand docents.
The 13th Mercosul Biennial, scheduled for September 15 to November 20 in Porto Alegre, will be the first large-scale art exhibit conceptually created since the pandemic in Brazil. In addition to the works at the Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul–MARGS, the Memorial do Rio Grande do Sul, Farol Santander Porto Alegre, Cais, Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Instituto Ling, Fronteiras do Pensamento and Instituto Caldeira, this edition also includes an Urban Art Itinerary in the city center area. Curated by Marcello Dantas and assistant curators Tarsila Riso, Laura Cattani, Munir Klamt, and Carollina Lauriano, with the theme of Trauma, Dream and Escape, the 13th Biennial reflects on the human condition from vulnerability to overcoming.
Under the title-theme the exhibit recognizes in traumas–both individual and collective–the greatest fuel ever for art, with dreams understood as an escape strategy. Thus, collective traumatic experience, as is the case of the Covid-19 epidemic, drives artistic creation into a new territory. The impact on the shared imaginary through the activation of the oneiric, of dreams and deliriums, opens doors to an escape from a condition imposed upon all of us. The exhibitions are all free admission and aim to provide visitors with immersive experiences of the senses and perception.
The 13th Mercosul Biennial is made possible by Federal and State Cultural Incentive Laws, master sponsorship by Santander, sponsorship of the Educational Program by Crown Embalagens and sponsorship by Gerdau. Co-sponsorship of Caldeira by Renner stores and by Agibank. Co-sponsorship of Cais do Porto by Lojas Pompeia. The exhibition is supported by Instituto CCR, Banrisul, Oleoplan, Iguatemi, Lebes, DLL, Tintas Renner, Farmácias São João, Dufrio, TecnoPUC Fablab, Gang and Vulcabrás. Produced by the Mercosul Biennial Foundation, Special Secretariat for Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Federal Government of Brazil, and financing from the Pró-Cultura system of the Secretariat of Culture of Rio Grande do Sul State.