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Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP

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Address: Avenida Paulista 1578 | Jardins,, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01310-200, Brazil
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+55 11 3149 5959
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Elevated over a concrete platform used for concerts and a weekly crafts...

Elevated over a concrete platform used for concerts and a weekly crafts fair, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo Art Museum, abbreviated MASP) is itself a work of art; the building is an imposing Modernist box suspended under two bright red concrete supports. Featuring classical European names such as Gauguin, Goya and Gainsborough, the museum also holds one of the largest collections of Brazilian and other Latin American artists on the continent.

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Some great pieces of art in an accessible environment

We spent a few pleasant hours here working our way through the current chronological exhibit. For the size of the gallery I was surprised by the high quality and fame of some of... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Guelph, Canada
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

We spent a few pleasant hours here working our way through the current chronological exhibit. For the size of the gallery I was surprised by the high quality and fame of some of the pieces on display. The small size allows an overview of what is there so you can choose which pieces to have a closer look at. The... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

It is very pleasurable and rewarding to visit this museum and enjoy the paintings of famous painters. I go often.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

Just my kind of museum, edgy, interesting vibrant. Yet managable and you feel you can cover the museum even if you dont have all Day.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The museum is not very big, but the layout and presentation of the pictures is great. There is a lot of main stream art like Picasso, Renoir, Monet etc. But to me the most interesting part is the newer pieces from Brazilian artists. Go on Tuesdays where entrance is free. On other days it costs 30 R$. It is closed... More 

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Radnor, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The building itself is a work of art, and the single large exhibition space allows you to make juxtapositions that might have been more difficult to see in a more traditional museum.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Was ok, not on the same level as a lot of major galleries in other cities around the world. The demonstration beneath made it interesting albeit noisy.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

We visited MASP on a Tuesday, and admission was free! The line was long, but it wasn't unmanageable with a little patience. The museum is of moderate size. When we went, there was an exhibition upstairs of many famous artists from their collection. The exhibition used easels instead of walls to display the works, so the museum was able to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Very unique and inviting display of the permanent collection of masters. Paintings float on glass panels at eye level allowing a very personal way to examine the art. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Small but perfectly formed. You can probably get round comfortably in about two hours. The main collection is highly impressive, with a broad cross-section of works throughout history, and as you might expect, mixed with work from South American artists that someone from Europe such as myself might be less familiar with. What impressed me most though, aside from the... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

The architecture is amazing, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The main collection is impressive from all times and several artists. Mainly paintings. On 1st floor you'll find a very fine collection from the Slavery period. And on the underfloor level there is a nice gift-shop and another collection about the town. Free entrance on Tuesdays

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