The São Paulo International Art Fair was founded in 2005, it is now the most distinguished art fair in Latin America presenting the top galleries from Brazil and across the globe. Over the span of five days, SP-Arte offers a unique opportunity to interact with artworks, artists, curators, and other professionals from the art world.
The event is enriched by cultural and educational events, including Adriano Pedrosa’s Educational Program [Dialogues and Curatorial Lab] and the Editorial Cluster [with the presence of art magazines, artist’s books publishers, book launches, and an exhibition dedicated to artist’s books].
São Paulo is transformed with special programming taking place in museums, cultural centers, galleries, and special visits to private collections and artist studios.
The 12th edition of SP-Arte kicks off with a VIP/Professional Preview on April 6. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to become immersed in São Paulo’s thriving art scene and explore works by emerging and established artists from the Latin American and international art scene.
Held in the historic Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, designed by Pritzker Laureate Oscar Niemeyer, SP-Arte presents a dynamic mix of renowned art exhibitors and leading art galleries, alternative art practices, a rich cultural program and a talks program with distinguished artists, curators, critics and collectors.
In addition to a new sector that highlights Brazil’s long history of design – focused on authorial pieces in furniture, lighting, and antiques –, the 12th edition of the fair includes a main area that features notable Brazilian galleries such as Dan, Fortes Vilaça, Luisa Strina, Mendes Wood DM, Nara Roesler and Vermelho, as well as high-profile international exhibitors like Continua, Cardi, David Zwirner, kurimanzutto, Lisson, Michael Werner, neugerriemschneider and White Cube.
SP-Arte also presents curated section with cutting-edge programs and artworks that challenge visitors, including the Solo sector, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas; Open Plan, a section dedicated to large works and installations, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti; and the Performance sector, curated by Centro Universitario Belas Artes, a remarkable Brazilian faculty of Fine Arts.
Talks and panel discussions have been organized in collaboration with the Brazilian art magazine, ARTE!Brasileiros, and feature prominent artists, critics, curators, and collectors. Including Mari Carmen Ramírez (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston); Ella Fontanals-Cisneros (CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art); and Franklin Sirmans (Pérez Art Museum Miami); and Joan Weinstein (Getty Foundation)
SP-Arte’s gallery program and parallel agenda of events, combined with São Paulo’s vibrant and creative energy, offer a unique moment to experience the city and all it has to offer.