• NOV 24 to MAR 30
    1era Bienal de Montevideo 2012 - Uruguay


    • Biennial
    • Contemporary
    • Emerging Artists

    Dates and Opening hours

    NOV 24, 2012 to MAR 30, 2013

    Exhibition: November 24, 2012 - March 30, 2013 Tuesday: 17: 00 to 20: 00 Wednesday to Sunday: 14: 00 to 20: 00

    Vernissage: 23 November, 2012: 20-23 hs, open to the public. Great Hall of the Central House, Bank Republic of the Uruguay, Cerrito 351.

    Event Location

    Bienal de Montevideo

    Gran Hall de la Casa Central, Banco República del Uruguay

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    A landmark cultural event

    An international visual arts biennial, hosting over 50 artists from five continents, to be held in November and December 2012 at the Grand Hall of the Main Branch of the Banco de la República Oriental del Uruguay.

    The General Curator of this cultural undertaking is Alfons Hug, who has acted as curator at several international events, such as the São Paulo Biennial on two occasions, the Biennial of the End of the World, in Ushuaia, Argentina, ILLA Curator of the Venice Biennale 2011 and of the Curitiba Biennial 2011. At present, he is the Director of the Goethe Institute of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    The first edition of the Montevideo Biennal will be entitled El Gran Sur (The Great South) and, in the words of its curator, “will seek to determine the existence of a distinctive aesthetic dimension under the Southern Cross”.

    The event once again places Uruguay at the centre of attention. From being a beacon of modernity in the early 20th century, the country faded somewhat into the background but is now giving signs of resurgence and of a renewed appreciation of its identity.”

    Collateral events will take place in other venues throughout the city, such as museums, cultural centres, art galleries, public areas, the airport, the port, even in the street.

    Lectures, seminars, debates, workshops, roundtable discussions and conferences will also take place at different points. Together with the Educational Project, these events will make education a priority and consolidate the Montevideo Biennial as a benchmark in the field of art, research and social inclusion.


    The intention of The Montevideo Biennial Foundation is that for every step taken, the scope of its activities and contribution to the community should broaden.

    Several projects are being undertaken with the purpose of offering opportunities for the cultural and social instruction of the thousands of visitors it will receive. This Educational Project also focuses on the participation of teachers, schools and mediators as effective collaborators with a view to social transformation.

    In connecting sponsors and collaborators with better SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY practices, the Montevideo Biennial recognizes that education and democratic access to visual arts are specific tools with which to exercise citizenship and build a more just and humane society.

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