São Paulo Art Museum expands radically

One of the largest and most visited museums in Latin America, Museu de Arte de São Paulo has announced an expansion with an adjacent 14-storey high-rise, which will be connected to its historic building by an underground tunnel. The project is estimated at $33 million and will be fully implemented by private investors.

Now in the halls of the museum, built by the project of Lina Bo Bardi, only 1% of its collection, numbering 11 thousand works, is exhibited.

The museum notes that this will be one of the “largest philanthropic initiatives in Brazil.”

As a result, MASP will receive about 7 thousand sq. meters of additional space, including 7 exhibition halls with a total area of ​​2.6 thousand square meters. m, as well as a restoration workshop, premises for various events, classrooms, a restaurant and shops. The opening is scheduled for January 2024.

Lina Bo Bardi, an Italian-born Brazilian architect, who was awarded the honorary Golden Lion of the Venice Architecture Biennale this year, was commissioned to design the MASP building in the late 1940s. Her husband, writer and curator Pietro Maria Bardi, was named the first director of the museum, which opened in 1968.

After the completion of all the work, the old building will be renamed in honor of Lina, and the new one will be named in honor of Pietro.

MASP art director Adriano Pedroza says that the current area of ​​the museum allows exhibiting only 1% of its collection, which has been actively growing in recent decades and now has 11,000 works of art.

“In Lina’s building, we are going to exhibit works from the permanent collection, and in new halls with the most modern exhibition equipment, we are going to hold temporary exhibitions.”

The co-authors of the project are the architect Julio Neves, who served as president of MASP from 1995 to 2009, who invented the project and acquired the building in the 2000s, and the architectural bureau Metro Arquitetos Associados, who collaborated with the museum on a number of exhibitions, including on the highly acclaimed 2018 Afro-Atlantic Stories exhibition.

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