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Bloomberg Philanthropies Sponsors 31st Sao Paulo Bienal Mobile App

Bienal visitors can see all exhibits via smartphones and tablets

Sao Paulo – Visitors to the 31st Sao Paulo Bienal, the world’s second largest art show, can access all the arts works and projects exhibited in the event via their mobile devices, thanks to an application sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies available today at http://app.31bienal.org.br/.

The Bloomberg Bienal App will provide a comprehensive guide to works on display in Sao Paulo starting September 6th.  The digital platform will give visitors the event’s agenda, a comprehensive guide to the most important art pieces, exclusive information on the featured artists, and the text from the curators that appear on the walls with maps and photos. It will also create a special channel of dialogue with the public by integrating with social networks.

“We are excited to work again with the Sao Paulo Bienal and to help create a state-of-art app that will supply free and easy access to the exhibition. This project allows us to share our love of technology, art, and transparency with the people of Brazil,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th Mayor of New York City.

Bloomberg, the global leader in financial data, analytics and news, delivers content via innovative technologies to more than 320,000 of the world’s leading business and financial leaders. Bloomberg has been active in Brazil since 1993 and recently opened a new office in Sao Paulo featuring artworks by the Campana Brothers and an installation by Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto.

In addition to the app, Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting the Bienal’s Education Program, which provides training for teachers, workshops and guided tours during the art shows and classroom and distance courses.Bloomberg Philanthropies will also fund the iterant exhibitions of the 31st Bienal, selected artworks that will be accessible to the public in 10 to 15 Brazilian cities. These shows increase public access to art and culture in cities where such exhibitions are not so frequent, helping make art and education more accessible to the public.

About the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial
The event, considered the world’s second largest art show, will take place in Sao Paulo/Brazil, from September 6th to December 8th, 2014. This show was developed by a curatorial team composed by British curator Charles Esche and Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv, in cooperation with an extended team that includes the permanent staff of Fundação Bienal.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2013, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $452 million.  For more information on the philanthropy, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg