World Biennial Forum No 2  

Auditório Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil
26 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014

World Biennial Forum No 2  

10ª Bienal (1969) – Unknown Photographer. Arquivo Histórico Wanda Svevo / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.

On the occasion of the 31st Bienal de São Paulo (September 6 – December 7, 2014), Biennial Foundation announces the World Biennial Forum No 2. The World Biennial Forum is a gathering of biennial practitioners and appreciators to examine and discuss the foremost topics and concerns within international contemporary arts.

The World Biennial Forum’s role is to signal primary concerns in biennial art environments, investigating and researching the various modes of operation and production in different regions, and offering insights into the current issues and needs surrounding art biennials worldwide.

The 5-day event, from November 26 to 30, will be composed of thematic debates open to the public, internal workshops for biennial organizers on practical aspects of biennial work, as well as optional guided tours of exhibition venues in and out of São Paulo.

The Forum’s practice is to work as a partnership, hosted first by the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (WBF No 1, “Shifting Gravity”, 2012). The World Biennial Forum No 2 is organized by Biennial Foundation, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, and ICCo – Instituto de Cultura Contemporânea.  It will take place during the 31st Bienal de São Paulo, curated by Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente, Oren Sagiv, Luiza Proença and Benjamin Seroussi, who will also function as the Forum’s artistic directors.

Organized by:
Biennial Foundation
Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
ICCo – Instituto de Cultura Contemporânea


A Preview Launch of the World Biennial Forum No 2 is scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, during the First General Assembly of the International Biennial Association in ifa Gallery on July 12, 2014. 

Both the Forum’s artistic directors and the organizers will be present.

Preview Launch WBF No 2
July 12, 2014: 17:30 – 19:30 h.
ifa Gallery, 
Linienstrasse 139/140, Berlin




Biennial Foundation (BF) is an independent NPO founded in the Netherlands (2009) to create a spirit of solidarity among biennials worldwide, and to facilitate a diversity of platforms for the exchange of information and expertise. /