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

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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  • 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 »
  • This is a must see. 2 levels of exhibitions (lift or stairs). A little shop for souveniers. The entrance fee wasn't overly pricey (can't remember exact amount). Antiques market on Sundays underneath.....  more »
  • Think this is a really good art museum. Art is subjective so it would be wrong to critique any of the pieces on display. So I really enjoyed but their were also some I did not. Some great pieces by....  more »
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  • 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.
  • One of the most important museums of São Paulo and Brazil. The permanent collection is composed of world renown artists. Restaurants and souvenir stores are very good. Just need a little more of refurbishing and better layout for the exposed pieces. Unfortunatelly, another important cultural centre put aside by the media and our political class who prefers to invest in "Bread and Circus" culture instead of historic culture and education.
  • Located right in the center of buzzing Paulista Avenue is located a giant rectangular structure hoisted on massive red beams. It's impossible to miss. Inside are two floors of art displays but the better work is on the top floor. Most painting and pictures are displayed within a glass case with the description behind (literally) the picture. You wouldn't need more than an hour to go through the entire collection. Well worth your time and money!
  • Really cool museum, though the interior is really outdated and the collection, although uniquely displayed and some nice works is also quite awkward to read read the titles/artists of the work. It’s very confusing initially to understand where to start and which floors to see exhibits. The cost is a bit expensive. Try to go on free Tuesday. Also be careful, I was attacked in midday by this disgusting crazy homeless man underneath the museum, as he thought I was photographing him? Obviously I was photographing this unique beautiful building by Lina Bo Bardi, but whatever, the museum should clear these people from the property. Though it seems in São Paulo they’re not really concerned about these things.

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