This museum's landmark building, a rectangular glass-and-concrete structure on red stilts, dominates the heart of Avenida Paulista. Designed by leading contemporary architect Lina Bo Bardi, the MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo or São Paulo Art Museum) houses the most important art works in Brazil, and perhaps even in all of South America. Exhibits change on a regular basis, showcasing works from the rich collection that includes European masters such as Rafael, Mantegna, Botticelli, Renoir, Monet, Cèzanne, Picasso, Modigliani, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall, and Degas (the MASP holds 73 of his sculptures). Highlights of the Brazilian collection include works by Cândido Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Anita Malfatti, and Almeida Junior. Allow one to two hours to see the collection. The museum's performance space also hosts regular theater and music events—be sure to check local listings for the latest schedule. A lively antique and crafts market is held every Sunday in the outdoor square below the elevated building.
Sao Paulo› Attraction
Avenida Paulista 1578, Bela Vista
Our Rating Hours Tues-Sun 10am-6pm (Thurs until 8pm) Transportation Subway: Trianon-MASP Phone 11/3251-5644 Prices Admission R$15 (adults and children over 10), R$7 (seniors over 60 and university students with valid ID), free Tues Web site MASP