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São Paulo Art Tour

Pinacoteca do Estado, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Choque Cultural, Beco do Batman, Inst. Tomie Ohtake, Matilha Cultural
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 11.7 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  São Paulo’s art scene is vast and underappreciated, with hundreds of galleries and museums showcasing traditional and modern... more »

Tips:  Many of the museums are closed on Mondays, so keep that in mind when choosing a day for the tour. The venues are easily accessed by... more »

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Points of Interest

This gorgeous brick neoclassical structure houses some of the biggest names in Brazilian modernist art. Opened in 1897 as the city's first art academy, the Pinacoteca do Estado was renovated a hundred years later and is now part of the vanguard of São Paulo's art scene. The building is as much a work of art as its contents, which include... More

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... More

Step into this street art haven and you're in for a “choque cultural” (literally, culture shock). Graffiti, posters, stencils and skateboard designs all turn respectable at this new school art gallery, housed near the quasi-bohemian enclave of Vila Madalena. Among the many offerings are works by up-and-coming local artists that encompass the... More

Street art and graffiti are no where as prevalent as in São Paulo, where virtually no surface is left untouched. This lengthy stretch of high-walled residences in Vila Madalena, nicknamed Batman's Alley, showcases some of the most impressive spray paint murals around. The constantly changing nature of the art form means there's sure to be... More

Topped by a purple-and-burgundy-striped conversation piece of a skyscraper at the north pole of Faria Lima, the cultural center named after a renowned Japanese-Brazilian artist (whose son designed the building) features a rotating schedule of visual art exhibitions, including award-winning photography, avant-garde sculptures, and even decorative... More

This hip hang-out is one of the pioneers in downtown São Paulo's slow but certain rebirth. Live music performances, sustainability oriented activities, cultural events, film cycles and special themed nights (Afrobeat and a Fela Kuti biography book signing, anyone?) attract the beautiful and the brainy from the city's alternative social... More