Looking forward for the 34th São Paulo Biennial that will take place in 2020, the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo appointed Italian Jacopo Crivelli Visconti as the general curator of the biennial. Independent critic and curator, Crivelli Visconti lives in the Brazilian city where he completed a PhD in architecture at the Universidade de São Paulo.

Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, curator of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo. © Pedro Ivo Trasferetti / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

In addition to his curatorship and art critic experience, the new curator of the São Paulo Biennial is the author of many books - Novas derivas (WMF Martins Fontes, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014; Ediciones Metals Heavy, Santiago, Chile, 2016), the most recent -, has been member of the Fundação Bienal from 2001 to 2009 and participated as curator of the Brazilian pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennial in 2007.

For the election of the curator of the São Paulo Biennial, the Fundação Bienal president José Olympio da Veiga Pereira invited five curators from all over the world to present their projects. Each project should focus, as explained from the foundation, on a maxim: that art is a platform par excellence for the diversity of thought and an appropriate medium for the gathering of various segments around a common project. Under this criterion Jacopo Crivelli Visconti was selected. “Visconti combines international career experience with a track record of important projects in Brazil. He also has a strong connection with the Fundação Bienal, which will allow for cooperative effort in this ambitious project,” said Olympio da Veiga Pereira.

To carry out his curatorial project Crivelli Visconti will not work alone. On the one hand, Paulo Miyadi will be his right hand as deputy curator. On the other hand, artist Carla Zaccagnini and curators Francesco Stocchi (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam) and Ruth Estévez (Rose Art Museum, Boston; director, LIGA DF, Mexico City and curator of the PArC fair, Peru Contemporary Art) were invited by the Italian curator to be part of the curatorial team of the 34th São Paulo Biennial. Regarding his project Crivelli Visconti explained that the new edition of the biennial "was born with the desire to be a sophisticated exhibition from a curatorial point of view, but also accessible to the large national and international public that visits the event ".