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The Ministry of Culture

The expectations generated by Bienal de São Paulo are always high. In this exhibition 30 × Bienal – Transformations in Brazilian art from the 1st to 30th edition, its 60-year history is back on display.

Created at the start of the 1950s, Bienal witnessed Brazil’s desire for a place in the international art world and São Paulo as a city on the cutting-edge.

Bienal’s evolution is intertwined with the paths of Brazilian art and Brazil as a nation, from the second half of the 20th century on.

Its course determined over these many years has constituted a document of great relevance to our understanding of part of the construction of Brazil’s national imagination.

Its educational legacy, nurtured since the second edition and expanded over the years, has an inestimable value at this moment in which we are seeking to democratize the artistic means of production in our country by training and discovering talents.

The Brazilian government, through the Ministry of Culture, has constructed CEUs das Artes: modern spaces, in Brazil’s impoverished outer city limits, entirely dedicated to the education of artists and the art public. There will be a total of 360 by 2014. Our deepest wish is see that talents revealed at these spaces participating in Bienal and other exhibitions in Brazil and around the world.

The culture incentive laws seek to bring art to the wider population, through events such as these and many others. Vale-Cultura will bring millions of working men and women to the market of cultural assets. It will also create a lot of demand for its producers.

Through a call for submissions from artists who are black, native Brazilian and female, we are promoting greater access to the tools for cultural production and maintenance to the segments of society whose history is at the roots of our culture and who need opportunities to make their voices heard.

We are investing in bettering our museums, expanding and caring for their collections, increasing the possibilities for accessing them. We maintain dialogues on national and international levels so that the contributions that our museums make to society, in the education of our students, among others, are adapting to the times we live in.

In short, just as Fundação Bienal de São Paulo does in this commemorative exhibition, we place great value on the past when taking care of the present and planning for the future, which is everyday more challenging and in need of solutions.

I’m positive that this exhibition 30 × Bienal – Transformations in Brazilian art from the 1st to 30th edition will be the mark of a new era, considered as important and essential to Brazilian art and society as Bienal has been from the very beginning.

Congratulations on the organization of this exhibition, which brings back an important part of Brazil’s art history.

Marta Suplicy
Minister of Culture