In this presentation, Ana Magalhães talks about art institutions dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art in the city of São Paulo—the biggest city in Brazil, and the country’s primary art system. She offers three itineraries for visiting museums and cultural centers in the city, where one can see cutting-edge exhibitions and collections of Brazilian contemporary art.
Clockwise from upper left: Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; installation view of Ana Maria Tavares retrospective in 2016/2017 (Octagon view); installation view of work by artist Guto Lacaz in a group exhibition at Estação Pinacoteca in 2016; Estaço Pinacoteca
Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP)
Ocupação: Aracy Amaral (Squatting: Aracy Amaral), 2017. Itaú Cultural
View of the exhibition Homage to Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho, 1977. Courtesy Historical Archive, Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP)
View of the Collections of MAM (São Paulo Museum of Modern Art) installed at the Biennial Pavilion, c. 1959. Courtesy Historical Archive, MAC USP
III Bienal de São Paulo, 1955. View of the open hall with Brazilian artist Maria Martins's works. Courtesy Historical Archive Wanda Svevo, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
Ana Magalhães is an art historian, curator, professor, and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP). She is an expert in twentieth-century art, and her research on MAC’s international collection of modern art is focused mainly on its Italian modern artworks and their meaning for Brazilian artistic milieu in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. She is the researcher in charge of the São Paulo Research Agency (FAPESP) Thematic Project “To Collect, To Identify, To Process, To Publish. Curatorial Cycle and Knowledge Production,” and coordinates the Narratives of Twentieth-Century Art research group. She has been a visiting professor in Italy, France, Austria, and Germany, as well as a guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute, in Los Angeles (2016), and a curatorial researcher at the Bibliotheca Hertziana–Instituto Max Planck, in Rome (2019). Recent publications include contributions to the exhibition catalogues Um outro acervo do MAC USP. Prêmios-aquisição da Bienal de São Paulo, 1951–1963 and Atelier 17. Modern Printmaking in the Americas (2019).