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1956 – 1968



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Avenida Paulista, 1578
01311-000 São Paulo

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São Paulo Museum of Art Change this

São Paulo, Brazil
by Lina Bo Bardi Change this
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The building of the Art Museum of Sao Paulo known as MASP is one of the major works of modern architecture in Brazil. It was designed by Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi and represents her most important work.

The proposal was to build a museum that can hold regular exhibitions, promote educational aspects of art contests and conferences and also open schools on topics not widely used. Bardi wanted to create a "living museum" and found in Brazil the perfect setting for your goal. The building was promoted by the Municipality of Sao Paolo, the land was donated to the Mayor by the engineer Joaquin Eugenio de Lima, which created Avenida Paulista.

Concept of the Building

The initial concept follows the idea of the building designed as a container for art which can culturally revitalize the implanted area. Simple architecture consist of a large volume which leaves open the floor plan and it is supported by four red pillars entwined by two giant beams. The floor plan allows a free pass under the main building. The main building volume is suspended eight meters above the ground with a total length of 74 meters between supports. Since 2003, the building was protected by the Instituto do Patrimonio National Historical and Artistic.


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