Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, Sao Paulo

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Housing an impressive collection of over 8,000 works, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP ranks among the largest and most comprehensive museums of Western art in Latin America. The collection features European paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, and decorative arts. The French and Italian schools form the main body of the collection, followed by Spanish, Portuguese, Flemish, Dutch, English, and German masters. The museum also keeps a large collection of Brazilian, African, Asian, and North American art. The main body of the building, supported by two lateral beams standing over 74 m (243 ft) of freestanding space, is considered a landmark of the city and a major symbol of modern Brazilian architecture. Check the museum’s official website for a detailed list of upcoming exhibitions and other cultural events. Put Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sao Paulo trip app.
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  • This sounds like a large museum, but they tell you only two floors are open, and then it turns out the only thing on one of the floors is a "video", which is a piece of seconds-long video art on a...  more »
  • Definitely a must if you are around the area. Free entrance on Tuesdays is a bonus. Exhibits are interesting and very much a mixture of new and old. Make sure you "keep your wits around you" as the...  more »
  • The permanent collection is certainly varied and contains many very fine pieces, but my main complaint is the layout and how information about the pieces is not displayed when viewing the work (you have to look BEHIND it, which sometimes requires a little walk to the next row). I love how the pieces hang from the ceiling and the room feels just “full” in a good way. We enjoyed two other exhibitions on the other floors as well.
  • São Paulo’s most famous museum is housed in one of it’s most iconic buildings, and it’s well worth the visit. On the top floor they display pieces from their extensive permanent collection. Here pieces are mounted onto tall slabs of glass, and are all arranged in the same orientation. This unique way to display works creates a visual impact that is unlike any other museum. It also lets you see notes and other markings on the back of many paintings. The first and bottom floors show temporary exhibits. Most of these are well curated and displayed. On our recent visit we saw a beautiful show featuring the work of Venezuelan artist Gertrud Goldschmidt. The museum has two small coffee shops that serve decent coffees, and they clean bathrooms with diaper changing stations.

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