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A private collection – Contemporary art in the collection of the Pinacoteca

20 Nov 2015
31 Jan 2016

NOV 20, 2015
JAN 31, 2016

On November 20, Pinacoteca de São Paulo – the art museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture – opens the exhibit titled “Uma coleção particular – Arte contemporânea no acervo da Pinacoteca” [“A private collection – Contemporary art in the collection of the Pinacoteca”], which presents an overview of contemporary art in Brazil based on its collection. A selection that includes over 60 works, most of which were recently incorporated into the institution’s collection and several works that come before the public for the first time – as is the case of loan-for-use of the Roger Wright collection, through a partnership signed this year.

There are paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings, prints and installations, made from 1980 until the present, by artists who were born or settled in Brazil. “The chronological cut-off considers the process of reorganization of Brazilian political and cultural life with the end of military dictatorship (1964–1985), but also takes into account a period of restructuring of the Pinacoteca itself, comprising, for example, the renovation of its main building from 1994 to 1998,” explains the curator of the Pinacoteca, José Augusto Ribeiro.

The exhibit occupies the entire first floor of the museum, with historical works such as Ping-ping, by Waltercio Caldas, in addition to works by Iberê Camargo, Gilvan Samico, Regina Silveira, Tunga, Leda Catunda, Beatriz Milhazes, Erika Verzutti, Rosângela Rennó, Ernesto Neto, Rubens Mano, Tonico Lemos Auad, Willys de Castro, João Loureiro, and Alexandre da Cunha, among other artists. International renowned names that are references for the new generations, alongside artists at the early stages of careers, all from different parts of Brazil. “The selection confirms the position of the Pinacoteca as one of the museums with the most important public collections in Brazil,” added Ribeiro.

The diversity of artists also appears in the 12 exhibit rooms, in addition to the Octagon and the lobby, where visitors will find wide-ranging works, and – based on the relationships suggested by the curators – can perceive the uniqueness of each piece. Many of the artists in this exhibit have been part of the Pinacoteca’s programming in recent years, so also it is part of the commemorative calendar of the museum 110th anniversary. The exhibit remains on view through January 31, 2016 at the Pinacoteca – Praça da Luz, 2. Admission is open on Tuesday through Sunday 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.).