São Paulo Museum of Modern Art

São Paulo Museum of Modern Art

São Paulo Museum of Modern Art
Established 1948
Location Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil
Type Arts
Director Milú Villela
Curator Felipe Chaimovich
Website http://www.mam.org.br/

The São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, (Portuguese: Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, or MAM), is located in Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo.

Founded by Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho, and built in 1948, the museum is modelled on the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Museum has a collection and includes more than 4,000 works by artists such as Anita Malfatti, Aldo Bonadei, Alfredo Volpi, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, José António da Silva, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Mario Zanini, and Pablo Picasso.


The museum was built as a temporary pavilion under a sinuous concrete Oscar Niemeyer-designed structure that crosses the Ibirapuera park. It has been offered several buildings in São Paulo in the past, including Niemeyer’s Oca building in the same open space, but its directors have chosen to maintain its current location — despite heavy criticism from Niemeyer and other architects, as it is said to be inadequate to house and display the collection. The museum was refurbished by the architect Lina Bo Bardi in the 1980s and gained protection as local heritage.[1]


  1. ^ Silas Martí (April 15, 2013), Home sweet (temporary) home in Brazil The Art Newspaper.
  • São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (Portuguese)