Welcome, 2019 and Biennales!

Posted on Jan - 08 - 2019


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Welcome, 2019! This new year promises to be a time of change, with exciting new things happening for art lovers all around the world to enjoy. As many exhibitions featuring Latin American artists will take place throughout many galleries and museums, biennales are the undisputed art happenings of the year.  Although in 2019 there will be no São Paulo Art Biennial, it’s the time for its predecessor, the Venice Biennale. Here is a list of the 3 upcoming biennales happening in Latin America as well as the Venice Biennale which also hosts many artists and curators hailing from Latin America. 


58th Venice Biennale, “May You Live in Interesting Times”

Giardini and Arsenal, Venice, Italy

11 May to 24 November 2019

The oldest and most celebrated biennale in the world is due this year and it is launching its 58th edition. With Ralph Rugodd, London’s Hayward Gallery director, this years event will explore themes that come from tumultuous times, as the title suggests “May You Live in Interesting Times”. As the curator promises, the exhibition will address topics such as loss of traditions and threats to ways of life as we know them, all through interactive and immersive works of art.



Buenos Aires, Argentina

July to October 2019

A newcomer and an infant in the biennale family, BIENALSUR will be hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina and organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero.  This exhibition was initially created with the intention of connecting 32 cities in 16 different countries, gathering and displaying over 350 international artists to represent the voices of what has come to be termed the “Global South”. This year Argentinian curator Diana B. Wechsler will conduct the selection of the work by artists from the 5 continents. 


13th Havana Biennial

Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba

12 April to 12 May 2019

Founded in 1984, the Havana Biennial is one of the longest standing biennials in Latin America, and knowing Cuba’s history, it has been an interesting event to follow through time. Lead by the director of the Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art, Dannys Montes de Oca, the event will take place this year since its cancellation in 2018 due to hurricane Irma, financial constraints, and also by coinciding with a historical change of power in Cuba. It was safe to say that it was also not in the state’s best interest for a Tatlin’s Whisper to be taking place during this important time. This year the 13th edition will be themed around “The Construction of the Possible” and invite, as it has in the past, an array of international artists. 


There are many more biennales and exhibitions happening this year around the world with Latin American artists and curators taking part in them. In Scoop Art we are excited for 2019 and we welcome you to join us as we follow Latin American artists, curators, events and new trends throughout the year. 

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

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