The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Masp) was born in 1968, idealized by the journalist Assis Chateaubriand and directed by the marchand Pietro Maria Bardi.
Masp was designed by the architect Lina Bo Bardi and erected to overlook São Paulo’s downtown area and the Serra da Cantareira. The building has a rectangular shape, suspended by four columns with a gap of 74m between them, open as a plaza and used by residents and tourists.
Protected by the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Iphan) in 2003, the Museum has the largest collection of European art in Latin America. Its collection has works by Turner, Degas, Modigliani, Botticelli, Van Gogh, Picasso, Ernst, Chagall, Dali, among others. One of its greatest icons is the Pink and Blue frame by Renoir.
Masp’s mission is to serve education, and the museum is very active in the cultural scene of the city, offering common spaces for its residents, like the library, mezzanine and auditorium. Masp also hosts educational projects. The main objective is for people to experience art.
On Tuesdays, admission is free.
Students, teachers and people over 60 years old pay half price. For children under 10 years old, admission is free.
Endereço: Avenida Paulista, 1578 - Cerqueira César - São Paulo
Take the green line and get off at Trianon-Masp station. Check the subway map.
Bus lines leading to all parts of town pass through Avenida Paulista. Check bus itineraries at the SPTrans website.