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A Work of Art – MASP

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

Founded in 1947 by Assis Chateaubriand and Pietro Maria Bardi, both journalists, one an entrepeneur and other critique of Italian art, the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, MASP contains over 8,000 pieces ranging from Roman sacraphagi to paintings by Von Gogh. Its currently location on Avenida Paulista is the museum's second home, as it previously was located on the fourth floor of Chateaubriand's Journal, Diarios Associados. Designed by Lino Bo Bardi, the iconic building took 12 years to formulate and execute, opening its doors to the public in 1968.

A missao do MASP e "Incentivar, divulgar e amparar, por todos os meios ao seu alcance, as artes de um modo geral e, em especial, as artes visuais, visando o desenvolvimento e o aprimoramento cultural do povo brasileiro.

The content of the museum are truly as diverse as its website states, containing Western photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and decorative arts across a broad spectrum of time. This also seems to be the main issue with the space, as there is no unity in the exhibitions, marble Greek statues are placed in direct proximity to Flemish lithographs without an apparent reason. It seems that the approach is to give the viewer a breath of knowledge about Western art without depth of knowledge.

2010-08-20  ::  admin

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