33 Bienal de São Paulo – curated by Gabriel Perez-Barreiro – about Denise Milan’s installation


33 Bienal de São Paulo curated by Gabriel Perez-Barreiro
Artist: Denise Milan

Directed and Edited by James Choi

Photos courtesy of Thomas Susemihl
Drone footage courtesy of Beto Albertin
Sunset footage courtesy of Fabio Knoll

Music “Portland”
Written by Marshall Usinger
Performed by Be Still The Earth

In the midst of climate and environmental crisis

Earth Banquet
Earth Banquet by Denise Milan

In the midst of climate and environmental crisis, I found out that Fondazione Berengo has chosen a work of mine to express the urgency of aligning ourselves collectively and becoming aware of our role as beings immersed in nature. Earth Banquet, was the proposal I took on as a guest artist for Glasstress 2019 in Murano. Fondazione’s post reminds me, so strikingly, that here or there, our problems have a global scale and that these allegiances can be our strength.

And speaking of allegiances, the National Museum of the Republic, thanks to a partnership between the Biennial Foundation and the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy (Secec), will exhibit Island Brasilis, a work I made for the 33rd Bienal of São Paulo – Affective Affinities. Roaming, is the incredibly significant name that this initiative received. The exhibition runs from August 29th to October 13th. But on August 30th I will be there at a round table, talking, of course, about Island Brasilis, Language of the Stone and how the phenomena that occur inside the planet can serve as metaphors for our own development, on top of proposing ways and means for humanity in these difficult times!

Hope to see you there for a coffee!

Below you will find more information about the exhibition at Museu da República and the Fondazione Berengo. Give it a read!


Roaming – 33rd São Paulo Biennial

Date: August 29th to October 13th

Cultural Complex of the Republic –

Esplanade of Ministries

Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6:30 pm

Free admission

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Glasstress 2019

Glasstress is a traditional exhibition that runs in parallel to the Venice Biennale. This year, the show opens on the 9th, along with the 58th Biennial and will bring together contemporary artists such as Ai Weiwei, Tony Cragg, Carlos Garaicoa and Saint Clair Cemin, all invited to explore the infinite creative possibilities of glass. Vik Muniz and Koen Banmechelen, the curators of the exhibition, called me to participate. So, my work, Banquet of the Earth, that was featured in the solo exhibition orDeNAção, in the Gallery Lume, in São Paulo, curated by Marcello Dantas, will also be in Glasstress.


The installation Banquet of the Earth was created from fragments of glass and other minerals arranged on a table, as if they were plates put out for a meal. Why put these elements on the table? I think it’s an invitation to taste the minerals, chew on our origins, digest this knowledge and radically transform our perception of Nature.


If you go to the Venice Biennale, stop by Glasstress. There are 196 great artists busy answering the curators’ question: how does glass redefine their perception of space. And the location? An old abandoned glass oven on Murano Island. Splendid!



Local: Berengo Art Space Foundation

Address: Campiello Della Pescheria, Murano

From May 9 to November 24

Oficial site: Glasstress.org


Furnace in Murano – Photographer: Dennis Jarvis (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Presentation at MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Denise Milan – MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I Gave a presentation at MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in workshop  in colour perception of Frank Wilczek, scientist and author of book “Beautiful Question”.

Denise Milan – MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Denise Milan – MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Denise Milan – MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Denise Milan – MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Individual exhibition opening at the Lume Gallery and participation in the 33rd São Paulo Biennial

O Avesso – obra de Denise Milan, Galeria Lume – SP

Friends, as of today my work with the stones will be exhibited in two São Paulo locations: in the Lume Gallery and in the 33rd São Paulo Biennial.
The individual exhibition orDiNAtion: the DNA of the stone, curated by Marcello Dantas, will debut tomorrow at the Lume Gallery.
There I will display 19 recent and unpublished works that, in a way, make up a synthesis of these years of observation and experimentation with stones.
Commonly, the fact that all creation always begins with the observation of Nature. From there, I continue in search of a symbolic language that reconnects us with our condition as children of the Earth.
Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro’s invitation to join the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, whose theme is Affective Affinities, you can imagine, filled me with joy!
The project will occupy part of the third floor of the show. It is an installation with crystals that have strangely human forms and it was these improbable and beautiful similarities that
connected me to these ‘stony beings’ from the beginning: through them, it is possible to construct a narrative that reveals us and inserts us into a scenario which is larger and more significant.
The language of stones is a metaphor of our journey of (re-) knowing in the direction of a new bond with the planet that we inhabit and that, in many ways, also inhabits us.I will be happy to share these visions with you! Come by!


orDiNAtion: the DNA of Stone, individual de Denise Milan
Local: Lume Gallery

Opening: September, 4, 19h

5 sep – 10 nov, 2018

Adress: Rua Gumercindo Saraiva, 54 – Jardim Europa, São Paulo

fone: (+55 11) 4883-0351


33RD of São Paulo – Affective Affinities

7 sep – 9 dec, 2018
Local: Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque Ibirapuera