Sesc Avenida Paulista is a culture and leisure center located on Avenida Paulista in the city of São Paulo, belonging to the Social Service of Commerce (SESC). The building, which previously housed the SESC administration from 1978 to 2005, received an eight-year makeover, from 2010 to 2018, to receive the public. With three central axes, body, technology and art, the building divides its activities into its 17 floors, housing workshops, presentations, exhibitions, among other activities.
Visitation: from Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm; Saturdays, from 10am to 7:30pm; Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 6:30pm
Av. Paulista, 119 – Bela Vista
Created by the Japanese government, the Japan House project is a point of dissemination of all elements of genuine Japanese culture to the international community. A balanced, innovative and differentiated place, just like the Japanese people and culture. An environment that conveys hospitality and innovation, offers leisure and is an active part of the daily lives of many people. An intellectual exchange between Japan and the rest of the world, capable of producing great opportunities and attracting visitors to new experiences and activities. The essence of Japan House is to be surprising every day.
São Paulo was one of three locations chosen, along with London, in England, and Los Angeles, in the United States, to host Japan House. Places specially selected to propagate all the characteristics of Japan, from ancient culture to innovative perspectives. At Japan House, tradition stands side by side with the future.
Visitation: from Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm; Saturdays, from 9am to 7pm; Sundays and holidays, from 9am to 6pm
Av. Paulista, 52 – Bela Vista
The Fundação Bienal de São Paulo is a vibrant institution that idealizes and puts into practice artistic, educational and social initiatives. The São Paulo Biennial is held by the institution at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, an icon of modern Brazilian architecture. The exhibition, which addresses contemporary issues, is the largest in the southern hemisphere and attracted more than 700,000 visitors in its most recent edition. Although the central event takes place every two years, as indicated by its name, the Foundation's activities take place from January to January, both inside and outside the country. Its constant objective is to stimulate creativity, encourage discussions and make culture accessible to everyone.
Founded on May 8, 1962 by businessman Ciccillo Matarazzo, the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo is a private, non-profit institution with political, party or religious ties. It also houses a historical archive on modern and contemporary art that is a reference in Latin America, the Wanda Svevo Historical Archive.
The 35th Bienal de São Paulo – choreographies of the impossible, brings together works by 121 participants from all over the world, curated by Diane Lima, Grada Kilomba, Hélio Menezes and Manuel Borja-Villel, from September 6th to December 10th, 2023.
Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/n – Ibirapuera
Founded in 2014 by the artist Maria Montero, Sé is an art gallery located in two houses in Vila Modernista de Flávio de Carvalho, in the Jardim Paulista neighborhood, in São Paulo. The gallery represents 16 Brazilian artists with a solid institutional or academic trajectory. Most of them opened their dialogue with the market through Sé. The project's origins date back to 2011, when Maria founded the Phosphorus art space. Focused on experimentation, it was located in a large house on the first street in São Paulo. After a continuous program of exhibitions and residencies, she founded the Sé in the same building.
The gallery operated for six years in the historic center of the city until its transfer to Vila Modernista. The Sé emerged at a time of review of the modus operandi of contemporary art. It works in collaboration and partnership with the represented artists, focusing on critical monitoring and the implementation of institutional projects. Far beyond commerce, Sé focuses on managing the careers of its artists, observing their singularities and seeking social action, through the proposal of individual strategies for each production. The gallery also aims to form new audiences for artists and works that express a conceptual and procedural vision of contemporary art. Sé participates in important national and international fairs such as Arco Madrid, Frieze New York and Liste Basel.
Visitation: from Tuesday to Friday, from 12pm to 7pm; Saturdays, from 12pm to 5pm
Alameda Lorena, 1257 – House 2 – Gardens