When visiting Sao Paulo you must head over to the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) to see one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Western art in Latin America. The modern building with its four red pillars supporting the body of the structure, is considered a city landmark; was completed in 1968 and designed by the architect, Lina Bo Bardi. It is located on Avenida Paulista (think New Yorks’s Park Ave) where it is possible to see the downtown area and the Cantareira Mountains.
The MASP has a very impressive selection (8,000 works of art) including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and decorative art from around the world with a significant collection of Brazilian photography and the most impressive collection of European art in South America. Walk through the museum and admire most breath taking works by Tintoretto (below), Picasso, Rembrant, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Botticelli, Goya, Van Gogh, Rafael, Andrea Mantegna, Bellini, Frans Hals, Cranach, Memling, Velazquéz, Poussin, Max Ernst, Barberini, Delecroix, Vuillard, Monticelli, Le Moyne, and Chirico (below) to name a few.The MASP maintains an art gallery, library, photograph gallery, video gallery, and offers workshops and courses in art history as well as an exhibition educational support service, the exhibition of films and musical concerts of artistic and cultural interest. Personally, I had a blast walking through and admiring the works of art that I had only seen in my art history books. Seeing them live was an amazing experience.