Paço das Artes
Located in a building of modernist architecture in the campus of São Paulo University, Paço das Artes was created in March 1970.
Contacts & Details
The gallery aims to organize and maintain contemporary art exhibitions, courses, lectures, workshops, conferences, hearings and artistic exchanges. Other missions of the organization are to encourage the production of works, train new practioners – mainly young critics, curators and artists – disseminate national and international contemporary art, in addition to promoting subjects related to the area.
Following the path traced since the 1980s, the actions of Paço das Artes cover all the segments of the visual arts and multimedia. Thus its multidisciplinary program encompasses exhibitions, videos, lectures, symposia, concerts, parties, dance shows, music events, festivals and multimedia workshops for children and adults. Different activities occupy the exhibition area, the square area, the lecture and video rooms. The events are occasionally expanded to the basement, the garden and the outside area of Paço das Artes.
The experimental calling of the institution is attested, in particular, by the program Temporada de Projetos (Seasons of Projects), which for almost 20 years has enabled the emergence of approximately 225 artists and 60 curators and critics. Annually, one curatorial Project and nine artistic ones are developed and produced with the support of Paço das Artes. The selected ones receive critical feedback, the publication of a catalog and an exhibition fee. Since its conception in 1997 (when it was still biennial), the program has received more than 5,000 portfolios and held more than 260 exhibitions.
The dialogue with the visitors, guided by the concept of art as knowledge, is established through a reflection and discussion on the directions of contemporary art. This debate occurs through integrated activities – seminars, lectures, meetings with artists, curators and critics – and also events of international dimension, as theInternational Symposium of Contemporary Art of Paço das Artes. Another concern of the organization is to strengthen ties with its surroundings, such as the University of São Paulo and the San Remo’s community.
As an experimental, dynamic, multidisciplinary and diverse space, Paço das Artes complemented its activities with the production of a vast literature published since 1987, including the systematic publication of bilingual editions of shows and activities produced since 2015 – essential records on the contemporary art scene in Sao Paulo. The catalogs and books published are the link between the institution and the public, formed by visual artists, architects, critics and art historians, gallerists, collectors, journalists, teachers, students and people interested in art. This exchange makes the space an interesting and powerful meeting zone.
wed, thu, fri 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; sat, sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Av. da Universidade, 1, Cidade Universitária São Paulo, 05508-400 Brazil
Courtesy of Paço das Artes
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