Thirty-third São Paulo Biennial in São Paulo
Thirty-third São Paulo Biennial in São Paulo

A woman looks at a work of art by Polish artist Frans Krajcberg displayed at the XXXII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo art show in São Paulo, Brazil, on Sept. 14, 2016. Approximately 90 artists are represented in the exhibit that will continue until Dec. 11.Photographer: NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP

Sept. 7- Dec. 9

Generally considered one of the most important contemporary arts events in South America, the São Paulo Biennial has a history of combining unknown artists with the type of discourse that the international contemporary art world knows and loves. Set in locations throughout the city and in a massive modernist pavilion designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the biennial comes at a delicate time for art in Brazil: Earlier this year, protestors shut down an exhibit of Queer Art in the city of Porto Allegre because, protesters claimed, works by blue-chip artists such as Lygia Clark “promoted pedophilia.” How organizers of São Paulo’s biennial tread an increasingly reactionary social line remains to be seen, but regardless, the show itself is not to be missed.