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Collections in Dialogue: Museu Paulista and Pinacoteca de São PauloCollections in Dialogue: Museu Paulista and Pinacoteca de São Paulo

25 Jan 2016
30 Jan 2017

JAN 25, 2016
JAN 30, 2017

Continuing the special program celebrating the 110th anniversary of Pinacoteca de São Paulo, which belongs to the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture, on January 25 the museum opens the exhibit titled “Coleções em diálogo: Museu Paulista e Pinacoteca de São Paulo” [“Collections in Dialogue: Museu Paulista and Pinacoteca de São Paulo”], which harks to the common origin of both institutions and the characteristics of their collections, as the Pinacoteca was born (in 1905) from the transfer of 20 works held by the State of São Paulo at the art gallery of Museu Paulista, opened in 1895, also known as Museu do Ipiranga.

The show also enables the public to see or re-see major pieces from Museu Paulista, which – due to the restoration and modernization work at the building-monument – is currently closed to visitation. According to Valéria Piccoli, curator of the show, along with Fernanda Pitta, this dialogue aims to strengthen relations between the two collections, mutually enlightening them. There are around 50 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs and objects, signed by artists such as Antônio Parreiras, Benedito Calixto, Adrien van Emelen, Oscar Pereira da Silva, João Baptista da Costa, Antônio Ferrigno, Henrique Bernardelli, Rodolfo Amoedo, and others, to help visitors understand this common history and its ramifications.

“Both institutions are intrinsically linked in their creation, but throughout their history, have developed their collections through different paths: with the Pinacoteca establishing itself as a museum of art, especially Brazilian art, and Museu Paulista as a museum of history, also dedicated to material culture and memory. The show features outstanding works from the Museu Paulista collection, especially those of a historical nature, commissioned to decorate the building,” said Piccoli, who is also chief curator of the Pinacoteca.

Among the most notable pieces are the paintings “Inundação da Várzea do Carmo” (1892), by Benedito Calixto, the first acquisition of the São Paulo republican government, and “Ciclo da caça ao índio” (1925), by Henrique Bernardelli, one of the paintings commissioned by then director of the institution, Affonso Taunay, to decorate the museum’s monumental staircase, and important testimonies of artistic production from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The show will run through January 30, 2017, on the 2nd floor of the Pinacoteca – located at Praça da Luz, 2. Admission is open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and visitors are allowed to remain until 6:00 pm. Tickets cost R$ 6 (full price) and R$ 3 (half-price for students, seniors, etc.). Admission is free-of-charge for children under 10 and adults over 60. On Saturdays, admission is free for all visitors. The exhibit is sponsored by Trail Infrastructure and by Cielo, which support the activities of the Pinacoteca’s Center for Educational Action, such as the accessibility program for people with disabilities.