After almost seven months of closed doors due to the new Coronavirus pandemic, the MASP (Museum of Art of São Paulo) reopened yesterday (10/13) while São Paulo reached the green phase of the flexibility plan for the state of São Paulo .
And the museum has adapted for the moment with a series of measures aimed at visitor safety, such as a maximum capacity of 60% and tickets sold only over the internet and by appointment. On Tuesdays, admission is free, however tickets must be issued through the museum’s website.
In addition, it is mandatory to wear masks and maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m, unless you have been accompanied. However, it is important to point out that only groups of up to six people are allowed and this rule also applies to families. As soon as you enter the open space, temperature measurements are carried out, and everywhere we find gel alcohol totems and markings on the floor to guide visitors within the safety protocols.
Stairs have been marked to maintain social distance and elevators take a maximum of three people.
What was it like to visit MASP at the reopening
It was nice to miss one of the city’s icons and get back in touch with the cultural apparatus of São Paulo. I found the museum very empty, there were few people in the queue and inside there was no agglomeration at any time.
What exhibitions to find at MASP
I started the visit on the upper floor, where the permanent exhibition of MASP is located, called “Collection under transformation” and which has works by great masters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir, Monet and Anita Malfatti, Di Cavalcanti and Candido Portinari.
In addition to the permanent collection, the museum reopened its doors with four different exhibitions, all of which addressed dance as the main theme. One of the highlights is the exhibition “Hélio Oiticica: dance in my experience“. The show is located in MASP’s large basement and presents the artist’s research paths, with the study of rhythmic and also choreographic elements that gave rise to the Parangolés in the 1960s.
Next door is the small exhibition of “Topologias”, by the African-American artist Senga Nengudi, who mixes sculpture and dance, installation and performance.
On the first floor we also find the exhibition “Trisha Brown: choreographing life”, the first solo exhibition in South America dedicated to choreographer, dancer and artist Trisha Brown. Alongside this exhibition is an exhibition dedicated to Babette Mangolte in a selection of old videos focused on dance.
How to visit MASP
The São Paulo Museum of Art is located at Avenida Paulista, 1578. Access can be made by the green subway line through Trianon-MASP Station.
Tickets need to be purchased through the museum’s website or issued through the website for the day of free entry. On paying days, admission costs R$45 (adults) and R$22 for students, teachers and over 60s.
The new opening hours are:
- Tuesday to Friday: 1pm-7pm (last entry until 6:30pm)
- Saturday and Sunday: 10:00-16:00 (last entry until 15:30)
- Monday: closed
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