To collect, study, promote and spread knowledge of modern and contemporary Brazilian art, making it accessible to the greatest possible number of people.
About the MAM
The São Paulo Museum of Modern Art is a non-profit civil society institution in the public interest founded in 1948. Its collection contains more than 5,000 works by the most representative modern and contemporary artists, principally Brazilian ones. Both the collection and exhibitions give special emphasis to the experimental and are open to the diversity nature of art around the world and of the interests of contemporary societies.
The main exhibitions take place in two rooms and follow an annual schedule divided into four seasons. Other shows are regularly staged in the library and the main corridor, which is the location for the Wall Project installations program. The exhibition schedule also includes a DJ in residence program to promote experimental sound projects in the internal parts of the museum.
Every two years, the MAM stages the Panorama of Brazilian Art, exhibition that is the result of a mapping of contemporary art production in all the regions of the country. Growing interest in Brazilian art around the world has made the Panorama an important exhibition on the international art circuit.
The museum also has a wide-ranging program of other activities, including courses, seminars, talks, performances, concerts, video sessions and arts workshops. The content of the exhibitions and these activities is open to all, by way of audio-guides, video-guides and translation into Brazilian sign language.
The MAM is located in the Ibirapuera Park, the most important green area in São Paulo. The building was adapted by Lina Bo Bardi and, apart from the exhibition rooms, has a studio, a library, an auditorium, a restaurant and a shop. The museum spaces are visually integrated into the Sculpture Garden, designed by Roberto Burle Marx to display works from the collection. All parts of the building have access for people with special needs.
The works in the collection are exhibited in temporary shows staged at the MAM and other institutions, in Brazil and overseas. The museum has a policy of permanently up-dating, conserving and expanding the collection.
The stock of books, periodicals, documents and audiovisual materials contains 65,000 items. An exchange system with museum libraries in various countries keeps the collection alive.
Educating the public is the main aim of the museum’s educational activities. The service is free for educational institutions and specially adapted for each age-group, from primary school to university.
Exhibition visits, art workshops and special courses are designed to meet the needs of a diverse public. Activities are accessible to all, with no physical, sensory, mental, intellectual or social barriers.
Free exhibition catalogues, special projects and quarterly review are published by the MAM. These publications allow the museum to provide continuity and broad visibility for exhibition content by way of distribution in public libraries.
An extensive program of courses is provided each semester in the fields of art history, art criticism, photography and the visual arts. The courses are run by renowned figures and aim to meet the specific interests of the general public in a contemporary language.
The MAM has clubs devoted to promoting the collection of engravings, photographs and design. Every year, each club invites five artists to produce one hundred copies of a work to be distributed among affiliates. The clubs make it possible to share works that are included in the museum collection.
Shop and Restaurant
The shop sells design products, art books and a line of products with the MAM logo.
Corporate partners and affiliates program
The MAM is a museum run by civil society and designed to reflect its interests. The participation of members of civil society and private initiatives are essential for the functioning of the museum. Such participation is enabled by tax incentives, whereby sponsorship of exhibitions, educational projects and maintenance of the museum can be written off against State taxes. Private citizens and companies alike can take part.