Guide to unmissable art exhibitions to visit in São Paulo during the holidays

We selected seven cultural institutions that need to be at the top of your itinerary between December and January

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So it's Christmas and what exhibitions have you visited? Don't worry, we've put together a list of our favorite programs that are on display in the capital of São Paulo and that you can't miss. These are exhibitions, in general, loaded with profound reflections on national identities, mostly led by women who claim their multiple agendas in cultural spaces and in the world.

Masp

Aline Motta, If the sea had balconies, 2017

Starting with the iconic Lina Bo Bardi building, which is hosting four amazing exhibitions, all by Brazilian women artists. But two in particular deserve our attention: Judith Lauand: concrete deviation and Video Room: Aline Motta

The first occupies the main space of the museum with a retrospective of 124 works by the first artist who broke the bubble of the concretist movement formed mostly by men, when she became the first and only woman of the Ruptura group. After one hundred years of life dedicated to the production of pioneering art in the country, Lauand died last week, but remains eternal in the largest exhibition ever dedicated to its production.

The video room presents the trilogy bridges over chasms (2017), If the sea had balconies (2017) and (Other) Fundamentals (2017-19), which explores in a very poetic way paths between fiction and the artist's historical heritage to analyze erasures in Brazilian identity. Motta's works reconfigure memories, especially Afro-Atlantic ones, in an intersectional approach to questions of gender, race and class.

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Judith Lauand: concrete deviation
Date: Until April 2, 2023

Video Room: Aline Motta
Date: Until January 22, 2023

Location: MASP

Address: Av. Paulista, 1578 – Bela Vista, São Paulo – SP

Opening hours: From Wednesday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm; Tuesday, from 10 am to 8 pm.

Ticket: R$25 – R$50

Triangle House

View of the “Parayso” exhibition at Casa Triângulo

The exposure paradise, by the homonymous artist, Lyz Parayso, presents works that depart from the violence she suffered in connection with her trans feminine identity. As a result, it features a battleground that summons a dichotomy between a tension and the dangerous enchantment that surrounds the conceptions of femininityand. Some rotating saws, or “mobiles”, draw the public's attention, as they outline the path of the exhibition space and threaten physical injury in case of direct contact. 

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Lyz Paradise: Paradise

Location: Triangle House

Address: R. Estados Unidos, 1324 – Jardins, São Paulo – SP

Date: Extended until February 2023.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm. Saturdays, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Ticket: Free

Verve

View of the exhibition “Animal Ferido” at Verve.

The gallery is showing the solo show by Igor Vidor, entitled Injured Animal, under text critic of Carollina Lauriano. Those who visit it will find works that portray a genealogy of violence from the first events of the Republic of Brazil. Through collages, prints and sculptures, the artist investigates History and allegories in the production of the image of Public Security in society. To contribute to a more dreamlike and poetic vision of the bestialities presented, the exhibition also features works by artists Gilson Plano and Silvio Borges.

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Injured Animal

Location: Verve

Address: Louvre Building – Av. São Luís, 192 – Sobreloja 06 – República, São Paulo – SP.

Date: Until January 22, 2023.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 11am to 6pm. Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Ticket: Free

Leme Gallery 

Sandra Gamarra
Gradación, 2022 – Sandra Gamarra

On the way to development, the solo show by the Peruvian artist Sandra Gamarra, features three series of works unpublished in Brazil that present a critical perspective on current colonial imaginaries. They start from the idea of the Earth and development based on it, to explore the different conceptions of the world that coexist in the Americas. It is noteworthy that Gamarra is one of the 31 artists selected to participate in the 16th Bienal de Cuenca, in Ecuador, in 2023.

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On the way to development

Location: Galeria Leme

Address: Rua Valdemar Ferreira, 130 – Butantã, São Paulo – SP

Date: Until January 14, 2023.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm. Saturdays, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Ticket: Free

Sesc Belenzinho

Nise da Silveira
Portrait of Nise da Silveira

after waiting Nise da Silveira: the revolution for affection passing through the CCBB in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, people from São Paulo can finally visit the exhibition and celebrate the legacy of the psychiatrist from Alagoas who established art therapy in Brazil. The exhibition presents both the trajectory of Nise, spanning the beginning of his career, the founding of the Museum of Images of the Unconscious and the paths opened by analytical psychology; as well as the works produced by client-artists – as she used to call them – in the studio of the psychiatric hospital in the capital of Rio de Janeiro. 

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Nise da Silveira: The Revolution through Affection

Location: Sesc Belenzinho

Address: R. Padre Adelino, 1000 – Belenzinho, São Paulo – SP.

Date: Until March 26, 2023.

Opening hours: From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 9pm. Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Ticket: Free

Pinacoteca of São Paulo

LENORA DE BARROS
In the Land of the Big Language, Give Me Meat to Who Wants Meat, 1998 – Lenora de Barros

the panoramic show Lenora de Barros: my language at Pina Luz unites poetry and visual arts with a focus on the relationship between body and language. Pollyana Quintella's curatorial arc includes iconic productions such as Poem and the series I'm looking for myself. Another highlight is the unpublished work, commissioned especially for the occasion, entitled The face. The tongue. The belly., a video made up of three acts in which Lenora explores different situations with clay in dialogue with her own body.

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Lenora de Barros: my language

Location: Pinacoteca Luz

Address: Praça da Luz, 2, São Paulo – SP

Date: Until April 9, 2023

Opening hours: From Wednesday to Monday, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Ticket: R$10 – R$20.

MUBE

LIUBA no MUBE
View of the exhibition “LIUBA Corpo Indomável” at MUBE

Maybe you still don't know the artist LIUBA, after all, even though she has a wide and powerful production, having participated in three Biennials in São Paulo and received some very important individual exhibitions, she is often outside the spotlight of Art History. 

The artist was born in Bulgaria, but was naturalized as a Brazilian and developed most of her career here. In the museum, the exhibition Indomitable Body it brings together around 200 works, including sculptures, reliefs and drawings that permeate his different phases of poetic research. The title is due to LIUBA's inspiration, which starts from the figures of female bodies and generates sculptures and drawings with distortions, to the point of approaching an investigation of geometric form.

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LIUBA: Indomitable Body

Location: MUBE

Address: R. Alemão, 221 – Jardim Europa, São Paulo – SP

Date: Extended until February 5, 2023

Opening hours: From Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Ticket: Free

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