Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo – MAC USP
Established in 1963, it is one of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art from Latin America.
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One of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art from Latin America, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) was established in 1963. At that time, the USP received from Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho, then president of the Museum of Modern Art of Sao Paulo, the MAM collection in addition to his and his wife’s, Yolanda Penteado, private collection.
The MAC USP has a collection of about 10,000 works, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, objects and works of conceptual and contemporary art. The list of artists include Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Kandinsky, Modigliani, Calder, Braque, Henry Moore, Tarsila do Amaral, Di Cavalcanti, Volpi, Flávio de Carvalho, Julio Plaza, Regina Silveira and Antonio Dias, among many others.
In 2012, with support from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the University of São Paulo itself, the Museum received a new set of buildings in the Ibirapuera Park, increasing the capacity to house their activities and expose its collection. The new architectural complex repositions the museum in the cultural circuit of Sao Paulo as a place of artistic experience, training and information and also as a leisure option. In addition, the Museum maintains its facilities in University City, there favoring activities related to its academic profile.
Linked to university research, the MAC seeks to make its collection accessible to all audiences with exhibitions offering a wide variety of cuts and ample opportunities for courses and readings by modern and contemporary art. The Museum also conducts exhibitions with works by Brazilians and foreigners artists, both new and famous, which do not belong to its collection.
Besides the exhibitions, the Museum maintains intense cultural activities, as classes, lectures, workshops and others. In academics, offer elective classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The research activity developed by the faculty is dedicated to the collection and studies related to the areas of history, theory and art criticism, and museology and education.
The stimulus for discussion of art history, new trends and new ways of art is also present in the Library Lourival Gomes Machado, which has about 9000 books, 27,000 slides and 35,000 exhibition catalogs and other items.
Courtesy of MAC USP