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Alfons Hug (b. 1950 in Hochdorf, Southern Germany) is a curator, critic and exhibition organizer.

Hug studied Linguistics, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies in Freiburg, Berlin, Dublin and Moscow. He curated the XXV and XXVI São Paulo Art Biennial in 2002 and 2004. Hug was the first non-Brazilian to curate this art event.

Since the mid-'80s Hug has worked as Director of Goethe-Institutes (German Cultural Centres) in Lagos, Medellín, Brasilia, Caracas and Moscow. He now occupies this position in Goethe Institut in Rio de Janeiro.

In the '90s Hug was head of the Visual Arts Department at “Haus der Kulturen der Welt” (House of World Cultures), Berlin.


  • 2011: Curator of the Latin American Pavilion, IILA, Venice Biennial
  • 2011: Curator of the Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil
  • 2009: Curator of the Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
  • 2005: Curator of Brazilian Pavilion, Venice Biennial
  • 2005: Curator of Brazilian Representation, New Delhi Triennial
  • 2004: Curator of Brazilian Representation, Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 2004: Chief Curator, 26th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (917,000 visitors)
  • 2003: Organizer of “Old Art from Africa”, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (750,000 visitors)
  • 2003: Curator of Brazilian Pavilion, Venice Biennial
  • 2003: Co-curator, 5th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 2002: Chief Curator, 25th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (670,000 visitors)

Curated also:
  • 2010-2011: "Menos Tiempo que......
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