A Work of Art – Museu de Arte Moderna

25 August 2010 // Filed under Arts + Brazil + Posts + Reviews + Trips

Museu de Arte Moderna or the Museum of Modern Art is one of Brazil's most important cultural institutions. Located in the Grande Marquise at Ibirapuera Park alongside Ibirapuera Auditorium, Museu de Arte Contemporanea da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Biennial Pavilion, Oca, Japanese Pavilion, Planetarium, among many other buildings, the museum was the first institution dedicated to modern art in Brazil. And as a forerunner of its time, the building was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and opened in 1948 under Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho and his wife Yolanda Penteado, a famous Paulistan aristocrat. It moved from its original location on Rua sete de Abril in 1958 to Ibirapuera Park, first in the Museu da Aeronautica and then to its current destination in the Biennal Pavillion.

The day we visited the complex it was damp, overcast, and generally undesirable for outdoor activity. Regardless of the conditions, the display of modern architecture was very impressive. The Ibirapuera Auditorium and Oca, both designed by Oscar Niemeyer, present gargantuan facades faced with white painted concrete. Then there was the Biennal Pavilion, a long arcade that encircles the architectural setting.

The Museum of Modern Art contained the most thought provoking set of exhibits of artists from across the world. There are two rooms, one arranged in a traditional wall display around the circumference and the other as an open floor plan with pieces scattered throughout. My particular favorite was Danish team Superflex's Flooded McDonald's, a video featuring the restaurant being flooded as civilization comes to an end.

2010-08-25  ::  admin

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