The fair’s 12th edition will feature 140 exhibitors from 17 countries, up from 120 last year, as well as the launch of a design section aimed at drawing in new crowds.
SP-Arte’s director Fernanda Feitosa, who co-founded the fair in 2005, introduced a dedicated design section. Brazilian Modernism is probably second only to Italian, and Feitosa hopes that new visitors will come to see classic pieces by Oscar Niemeyer—who co-designed the fair’s futuristic 30,000 sq. m Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in 1957—at Legado Arte and Artemobilia galleries, alongside the latest creations of the Campana Brothers at Firma Casa. Gallery DPOT is filling its booth with the furniture and photographs of Geraldo Debarros, whose work is in the collections of the Tate in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
For Feitosa, now is as good a time as any to expand the fair.
Art fairs are not all about making quick sales and this year marks the return of the Open Plan section dedicated to large installations, in the same vein as Art Basel’s Unlimited.
The section is organised for the second time by the Cuenca Biennial curator Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, who has commissioned works by Francesco Arena, Christodoulos Panayiotou and the rising Brazilian star Daniel de Paula (born 1987).
- SP-Arte 12th Edition