Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Sao Paulo

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Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion features 30,000 sq ft. (2,800 sq m) of Brazilian and international contemporary art under one roof. The building is a masterpiece itself designed by a team led by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Hélio Uchôa. Wear comfortable shoes since the size of the space means you’ll do a lot of walking. Initiated in 1951, The Bienal de São Paulo is the second oldest art biennial in the world after the Venice Biennial. The biennial serves to bring Brazilian art closer to an international audience, and vice-versa. Using our international travel planner, Sao Paulo attractions like Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We arrived at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion around 1:00 pm. We left our backpacks in a locker-free, incidentally-located on the right side of the doorway. Visit the the three floors (ground floor + 2) for 4 hours and 30 minutes. It has not been possible to appreciate all works/facilities due to reduced time, however we were able to get through most of them, including those which exhibited videos and therefore took a longer time. The exhibit has works that deal with the most varied themes: transphobia, feminism, indigenous culture (brazilian and other South American countries), black representation, current themes such as, for example, the natural disaster caused by Samarco. As for the dependencies, all floors have bathrooms and water fountains of water. There are benches to rest strewn everywhere, apart from being a very airy and well-lit environment.
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  • I went to visit the San Pablo Biennale which takes place every two years, for me it is a must see since it is an artistic event of great magnitude that remains close to Buenos Aires, where I live. Each biennial has its characteristics but the visit is always recommended, because in the same Park is the MAM, the Museum Afro Brazil among others. The artistic offer of San Pablo with each edition of the biennial is enormous, not only museums but galleries organized important exhibitions. A great opportunity to be in contact with the Brazilian art and the art world. The Pavilion itself is beautiful and functional and it is planned to make the Park to enter the building with its large windows, organized other events during the year, the art fair in Sao Paulo, etc.
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  • The 32nd São Paulo Art Biennial, under the title of ' viva ' Uncertainty, seeking to question and reflect on the current living conditions and the influence of the arts in this context. In the more than 80 facilities, some call it a lot of attention, such as: Tears of Africa-Mmakgabo Helen Sbidi, Chance of a tree-Cristiana Castillo Deball, migration, exclusion and resistance-Carla Felipe and even special attention for 2 installations, are: Psychogropic House: Zooetics Pavilion of Ballardians Technologies-Name & Urbonas seeking Gedminas reflection and collaboration of art with science and Legal Jungle-Paulo Tavares.
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