In addition to the Sculpture Garden, the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo houses a collection of three-dimensional works of major historical and cultural relevance. Two contrasting traditions can be identified in the works from the MAM collection featured here: on the one hand, figurative sculpture, in which the artist represents human bodies with curved lines; on the other, more rational, geometric pieces built from planes, lines and circles.
Alfredo Ceschiatti’s works, made of cast bronze in the 1950s and 1960s, with a predominance of female characters, evince the simplification of both the human figure, with organic forms, and the clothes, with effects that add movement to the ensemble.
The sculptures by Sérvulo Esmeraldo and Joaquim Tenreiro in turn, both cast in iron in the 1970s and 1980s, are abstractions formed by volumes and voids. These works depart somewhat from the notion of representation, and are organized based on the balance of welded iron sheets and bars.
This small set can be considered an extension of MAM’s Sculpture Garden. Due to its transparency, the glass-walled hall allows for a more evident exchange with the marquee and the surrounding space. The Collection Highlights can be fully seen from the outside—a way the museum found to open up to Ibirapuera Park and attract a diverse audience. Welcome!