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Metropolis: The São Paulo Experience

08 Apr 2017
18 Sep 2017

A few years ago, in a television poll asking São Paulo residents which image would best represent the city, they chose the avenue called Avenida Paulista. For Tadeu Chiarelli, general director of Pinacoteca de São Paulo (the art museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture), Parisians would choose the Eiffel Tower, if they were asked the same question; Romans would most likely choose the Colosseum; residents of Buenos Aires would choose Casa Rosada, but the Brazilians… instead of choosing a monument, an architectural and historical landmark, they chose a thoroughfare.

“Megalopolis of Latin America, São Paulo is the synthesis of all the cities of the continent exhaling – in their stubborn and disproportionate contrasts – the sensation of living in an eternal longing for a reality less bitter and with greater solidarity. To live in São Paulo is to be constantly on the move, almost permanently experiencing the city in fleeting glimpses, envisioning order in chaos, chaos in chaos,” asserted Chiarelli, curator of the exhibit titled “Metrópole: Experiência Paulistana” [“Metropolis: The São Paulo Experience”], the last of his administration, which opens on April 8 at Pina_Estação and will gather pieces (recent or not) by artists whose works manifest the peculiarities of living in this city.

Included in the show are Sidney Amaral, Dora Longo Bahia, Victor Brecheret, Peter de Brito, Rafael Carneiro, Leda Catunda, Flávio Cerqueira, Lia Chaia, Raphael Escobar, Renata Felinto, Luiz Gê, Carmela Gross, Evandro Carlos Jardim, Jaime Lauriano, Marcelo Moscheta, Zed Nesti, Nazareth Pacheco, Moisés Patrício, Daniel de Paula, Fernando Piola, Florian Raiss, Gustavo Von Ha, and Chico Zelesnikar, among other São Paulo artists who live or have lived in the city and put the “São Paulo experience” on the agenda.

In order to present the uniqueness of this experience, the exhibit will bring together roughly 80 works by 33 artists, including installations, paintings, photographs, videos, and works in other media, mostly contemporary works. Although the highest concentration of works is on display on the rooms on the second floor, they will occupy the entire Pina_Estação building, which in this show is used as a metaphor for the city of São Paulo.

The pieces will be spread across the side and rear façades, entrance hall, elevators, library, auditorium, even absorbing a part of the third floor, which houses the exhibit “Carta Aberta: Correspondências na prisão” [“Open Letter: Correspondence in prison”], of the “Memorial da Resistência” – the museum located in the same building. “We are convinced that such diversity will encourage the public to move through the multiple dimensions of the São Paulo reality, re-seeing them in a poetic key in the exhibit space,” added Chiarelli.

“Metrópole: Experiência Paulistana” remains on view through September 18, 2017, on the second floor of Pina Estação – Largo General Osorio, 66. 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. Pina Estação is located next to the Luz Station of the CPTM. pinacoteca.org.br – +55 (11) 3335-4990.

The Pinacoteca is planning to publish a bilingual catalog (Portuguese/English) with views of the exhibit, scheduled for this June. The Pinacoteca also plans to hold a round table discussion on the subject of the exhibit on the release date of this publication, to be defined. More information will be posted on the institutional website.