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Arts & Museums
This museum, located in the heart of the city in Ibirapuera Parque, is a great place to go to see beautiful and thought-provoking art. Whether you are going to spend an afternoon alone or taking the whole family, there is sure to be something for all to take away.
Located on the campus of Universidade de São Paulo, Estação Ciência is a fun way to learn about science. Children and adults alike will enjoy the interactive exhibits, designed to pique curiosity, while also being informative. The expansive museum is one of the most popular on the campus, with a large volume of visitors every year. Volunteers and students are on hand to answer any questions about the exhibits, that visitors might have. Check website for more.
Instituto Tomie Ohtake's red and black striped tower rises from the Pinheiros district, beckoning residents and travelers to explore a gallery that extensively covers Brazilian art from 1950 onwards. Named for artist Tomie Ohtake, the museum speaks to many of the pop cultural and political moments that have shaped the area's art scene over the post-modern era. Consisting of seven rooms spread across two floors, the gallery is part of a massive complex that houses lecture halls, an education center and four studios among other dedicated spaces for art and art history exploration.
Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano was established in 1974 with an aim to preserve the historic family home, as well as the rich collection of art and historic objects contained within. Today, the sprawling facility is home to one of the city's largest collections of historic artifacts as well as art. The beautiful home was designed by renowned architect Oswaldo Arthur Bratke, and is as much a draw for visitors as the other artifacts. The impeccably maintained park, with a rich array of local plant life is ideal for walks. The Salao de Cha on the property, serves and excellent array of teas and light bites. Check website for more.
The Museu da Casa Brasileira is a furniture museum. Their display pieces range from the 17th Century till the 21st Century, thus one can see the evolution of how people made their living spaces more comfortable over the years. They even have discussions or lectures based on architecture and design, where connoisseurs and enthusiasts get to exchange of ideas and views. To make the museum venue even more interesting there is a restaurant with a huge tree right in the middle of it, giving it a more tropical look. The museum is a definite must visit.
MuBE was founded in 1995 on 7000 square meters (75,300 square feet) of land successfully revived after a protest against the construction of a shopping center. Paulo Mendes da Rocha was the modern architectural force behind the concrete structure that punctuates a Roberto Burle Marx-designed landscape. The establishment leads to underground exhibition areas that feature a rotating schedule of established and emerging artists. The inaugural show saw 140 pieces of Victor Brecheret, while works by Candido Portinari, Sônia Ebling, Francisco Brennand and Ivald Granato have graced the space. Sculptures in bronze, stone, ceramic marble, iron and a host of media are showcased by way of geometric representations, graphic installations and three-dimensional art.
Museu da Imagem e do Som (São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound) was founded in 1970 and gives an insight to the visitor about the impact of media on the world. Spread across 5,000 square meters (53,819.60 square feet), it has an impressive collection of images, film, records, tapes, music and videos. It also features documentaries and has monthly events such as concerts, festivals, exhibitions and more. It gives you a glimpse into the metamorphosis of the city's culture as well as changes that happened world-wide. Get to know the history, science and art of still and motion graphics with a visit.
For all you football fans, Sao Paulo has a museum just for you. Football is a very integrated part of the Brazilian culture, and the Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football) was founded to retain, as well as promote, the cultural value of football. Exhibitions, cultural shows, lectures, movie screenings and everything else related to football is showcased here. If you are a Ronaldino or Romário deSouza Faria fan, this is a perfect opportunity to learn about them in detail. For information on upcoming events, visit their website.
Opened in 1961, the Museu de Arte Brasileira (The Museum of Art) was set up to give contemporary Brazilian art popularity. It solely promotes over 2000 pieces of artworks, most of them by local artist. The collections on display here include paintings, artifacts, furniture, and works of artists such as Bruno Giorgi, Lasar Segall and Candido Portinari. A great place to learn about the rich historic culture of Brazil and its people. A visit to the Museum of Brazilian Art is sure to leave you impressed. Guided tours are also available, contact the museum or check their website for more information.
Urban Arts showcases wonderful creations of digital art done by various artists across the world. The store at Rua Oscar Freire is their first store and was opened in 2011, post which they successfully opened over 10 stores and are still counting. The gallery propagates over 3000 digital artists through exhibitions major focus being on providing opportunities to budding talents. With the advent of technology and everything going viral, Urban Arts stimulates the mind to explore a new genre of art that is here to stay forever. This art is youthful and trendy!
This museum is considered one of the most important art museums in Latin America. It contains works mainly by European artists from the 13th Century up to the present. Among the most significant works are paintings by Rembrandt, Goya, Matisse, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Dali and Picasso. Among the sculptures are a rare Renoir, and works by Degas and Rodin. The museum also has an auditorium, cinema and restaurant.
Located within the Centro Cultural Fiesp, the Galeria de Arte do Sesi is a contemporary space where locals artists often showcase their works. Thanks to its great facilities, the gallery is loved by art buffs who come here regularly to check out local as well as foreign art work. Most of the work displayed here speak of the rich cultural attributes of the city. Some of the works on display here have included 80 - The Stage of Diversity, the Modern Design in Brazil and The Imaginary José de Guimarães. Besides exhibitions, the gallery is also open for private functions, presentations and also conducts guided tours and educational trips for students, corporate houses and others. Check the website or contact the gallery for more details.