Jochen Volz has been appointed curator of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, to take place in 2016. He will succeed director of Eindhoven’s Van Abbemuseum, Charles Esche, who was responsible for the 2014 edition, How to (. . .) things that don’t exist.
German-born Volz is currently Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Galleries in London, but he is a true Brazil veteran, having spent eight years serving as curator and artistic director at the Instituto Inhotim, the celebrated art center founded by mining magnate Bernardo Paz.
Volz is also a regular on the biennial circuit. In 2009, he co-curated the 53rd Venice Biennale Making Worlds, alongside Daniel Birnbaum, and in 2006, he contributed to the São Paulo Biennial with a presentation dedicated to Marcel Broodthaers.
No details on what Volz might be planning have been revealed at this stage, but he is expected to disclose his curatorial concept early in 2015.
Launched in 1951, the São Paulo Biena is the second oldest biennial in the world, after the Venice biennale, which set up the blueprint in 1895. Since 1957, it has been held in the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion in the Parque do Ibirapuera.
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