The São Paulo Museum of Modern Art is a non-profit civil society
institution in the public interest founded in 1948. Its collection
contains more than 5,000 works by the most representative modern and
contemporary artists, principally Brazilian ones. Both the collection
and exhibitions give special emphasis to the experimental and are open
to the diversity nature of art around the world and of the interests of
The main exhibitions take place in two rooms and follow an annual
schedule divided into four seasons. Other shows are regularly staged in
the library and the main corridor, which is the location for the Wall
Project installations program. The exhibition schedule also includes a
DJ in residence program to promote experimental sound projects in the
internal parts of the museum.
Every two years, the MAM stages the Panorama of Brazilian Art,
exhibition that is the result of a mapping of contemporary art
production in all the regions of the country. Growing interest in
Brazilian art around the world has made the Panorama an important
exhibition on the international art circuit.
The museum also has a wide-ranging program of other activities,
including courses, seminars, talks, performances, concerts, video
sessions and arts workshops. The content of the exhibitions and these
activities is open to all, by way of audio-guides, video-guides and
translation into Brazilian sign language.
The MAM is located in the Ibirapuera Park, the most important green
area in São Paulo. The building was adapted by Lina Bo Bardi and, apart
from the exhibition rooms, has a studio, a library, an auditorium, a
restaurant and a shop. The museum spaces are visually integrated into
the Sculpture Garden, designed by Roberto Burle Marx to display works
from the collection. All parts of the building have access for people
with special needs.
The works in the collection are exhibited in temporary shows staged
at the MAM and other institutions, in Brazil and overseas. The museum
has a policy of permanently up-dating, conserving and expanding the