City of Culture (and more sunshine)
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August 12th, 2008 – by: sissanoel
Also in the park is the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) which is currently featuring a Marcel Duchamp exhibition. This was very well organised and allowed us to see replicas of many of his most famous pieces such as the moustachioed Mona Lisa, The Fountain (the urinal) and The Large Glass (The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors) etc.. Duchamp produced replicas of the original ready-mades as the originals had all been broken or destroyed and no longer existed.
The Bienal building next door had an exhibition of 50 Years of Bossanova, which would be fascinating for Brazilians, but a little difficult to follow for non-Portuguese speakers.
We then caught a bus back up to the MASP, which fortuitously was free on Tuesday, so saved us R30. The top floor has an internation collection of art from the pre-Renaissance to the present including good quality works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Constable and El Greco, amongst others. The middle floor has a temporary exhibition of contemporary Italian art, which was not so good, but some interesting pieces. The actual quality of the works in this museum are world-class and explain why Sao Paulo is known as the ´cultural capital of Brasil´. Last stop was an early dinner then home to rest our weary feet!
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