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Founded in 2012 in São Paulo, Brazil
Director : Fernanda Brenner

How does an idea become an object of art or an exhibition in our time? And what is the relationship between these objects and exhibitions and their surroundings and art history? These issues are fundamental and are renewed by every generation of viewers of contemporary art.

Amidst the cultural effervescence of the expanded downtown of Sao Paulo – and with these issues always in mind – PIVÔ was born as a space for independent and nonprofit art that devotes more attention to the peculiarities of each project and provides flexible opportunities for artists and invited researchers to develop their research.

The programming of PIVÔ is comprised of exhibitions, special projects, workshops, temporary studios, residencies, educational activities and lectures divided between the Annual Exhibitions Program and PIVÔ Research. Its structure develops alongside its programming, in an open process with constant changes. And its mission might be precisely to rethink the visual arts institutional model in Brazil – which, while ensuring creative freedom for artists, undertakes responsibilities with its surroundings, in an attempt to thus, perhaps, extend this autonomy of thought to the visiting public. Since its foundation, the goal has always been to provide artists, all those working in the programming and the visitors of the space, with a context for critical thinking as well as aesthetic experiences.

PIVÔ seeks new management and funding models, coordinating partnerships and offering alternatives for the support of artists, critics, curators and cultural producers in the national and international spheres. In the two years of its existence, the institution has held around 30 projects, hosted in its space an average of 210 artists from 15 different countries and has received about 30,000 visitors

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