OSGEMEOS participate in the Vancouver Biennale

August 20, 2014


After the success of the exhibition Opera of the Moon, that in two months had more than 60 000 visitors in Galpão Fortes Vilaça, in São Paulo, the artist duo OSGEMEOS lands in Canada, for the Vancouver Biennale, which takes place between 2014 and 2016. A 360o wall, with 20 meters high and over 2,000 m² will be created by the brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo in six gigantic silos, alongside the famous Public Market, Emily Carr University and the False Creek on Granville Island. The site attracts over 10.5 million visitors per year.

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The first challenge for the artists was to find a location beyond the conventional. “As the proposed Biennale has a strong connection with sculpture, so we decided to find a place where the painting can be transformed, creating a dialogue between two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds.” explain OSGEMEOS. According to them, another aim of this project is to bring the characters to Vancouver while sharing perspectives and cultures and establishing a relationship between the people who frequent the site, and integrate this work into the city scenery.

 The False Creek influenced the choice of location. “For us, the water acts as a vein, symbolizing life and it is very present in our work,” say the artists. In addition, the site is highly sought in Vancouver for water sports practice, such as canoeing, and by the residents themselves, for leisure and boating.

2014_OSGEMEOS_mural_bienal_vancouver_copyright_sergio_magro_15Photo: Vancouver Biennale / Sergio Magro Global BC

According to Barrie Mowatt, president and founder of the Vancouver Biennale, the mural will become one of the most iconic public works in the history. “OSGEMEOS have exhibited at some of the most prestigious art institutions in the world, including the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. We are immensely proud to welcome their first work in Canada. ”

With the new wall, the Brazilian duo will join the group of international artists who are participating in the Vancouver Biennale, as Ai Weiwei, Andy Goldsworthy, Vik Muniz and Jonathan Borofsky.

2014_OSGEMEOS_mural_bienal_vancouver_copyright_sergio_magro_06Photo: Vancouver Biennale / Sergio Magro Global BC


The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit charitable organization that celebrates art in public space. Each exhibition transforms the urban landscape into an Open Air Museum, facilitating globally-inspired cultural experiences where people live, work, play and transit. The Biennale features internationally renowned and emerging contemporary artists that represent a diversity of cultural perspectives and artistic disciplines, including sculpture, new media, performance works and film. The objective is to use great art in creating a catalyst for learning, community engagement and social action. For more information, visit vancouverbiennale.com.


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