Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo - Google Cultural Institute
The Pinacoteca de São Paulo
The Pinacoteca de São Paulo is a museum of the visual arts with an emphasis on Brazilian art from the 19th century until today. Founded in 1905 by the Government of the State of S=E3o Paulo, it belongs to the State Secretariat of Culture and is the oldest art museum in the city. It is housed in the old building of the Arts and Crafts School designed at the end of the 19th century by the Ramos de Azevedo architectural firm. At the end of the 1990s the building underwent a substantial refurbishment planned by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The Pinacoteca=92s original collection was formed by transferring 26 works from what was then the State Museum =96 today the Paulista Museum of the University of São Paulo by important artists who were working in the city at that time, such as Almeida Junior, Pedro Alexandrino, Antonio Parreiras and Oscar Pereira da Silva. The museum spent its first hundred years of activity gathering works of art and has built up a significant collection that today holds about 9,000 works. It has gradually taken on the role of a museum of contemporary art, committed to the works of its time and is an important presence in Brazil=92s artistic landscape.
The Pinacoteca holds about 30 exhibitions and receives approximately 500,000 visitors per year. The first floor is given over to temporary exhibitions and the second to the long-term display from the collection. The central area holds the Contemporary Art Octagon Project and on the ground floor are the technical facilities, the auditorium and the cafeteria. Also on the second floor is the Tactile Gallery of Brazilian Sculpture with an exhibition of 12 works that have been specially mounted so that visitors with visual handicaps can appreciate them independently, touching them and obtaining information by means of labels and texts in print and braille, as well as with an audio guide.
On the ground floor, as well as the technical areas, there is an exhibition on the history of the Pinacoteca based on its Chronology and Victor Brecheret Via crucis, a group of 26 terracotta sculptures. The work developed by the Pinacoteca de São Paulo aims to improve the public=92s experiences in relation to the visual arts by means of studying, preserving and informing the public about its holdings, buildings and history; by consolidating and increasing its collections, and by encouraging artistic production.