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Instituto Tomie Ohtake

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Address: Avenida Faria Lima, 201 | Entrance via Rua dos Coropes, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05426-010, Brazil
Phone Number:
+55 11 2245 1900
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Topped by a purple-and-burgundy-striped conversation piece of a skyscraper...

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 cachaça bottle labels. The institute is, quite simply, one of the city's best art venues.

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Inspiriing architecture, beautiful exhibit!

Saw the Yoko Ono exhibit there. Wonderful hands on experience, and interesting to watch others view this as well.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Koby B
Surrey, Canada
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Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw the Yoko Ono exhibit there. Wonderful hands on experience, and interesting to watch others view this as well.

Thank Koby B
Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

I love these place, they always have great exposition of art and also workshops, it is a good thing to do in SP

Thank AnaLu2014
Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

This institute has a beatiful building. There is many arts of Tomie Ohtake and has a seasonal exposition. There is a theater there too. Nearby there is some bars, restaurants and coffee

Thank RodrigoTS20
Balneario Camboriu, SC
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

The building has an attractive look from outside. The interior is modern and well-designed. There's a charming restaurant which comfortable to sit in, I don't know about the food because it closed by the time I got there(after 17:00). It was blessed to see Gaudi's exhibition which is totally worth coming. I followed TripAdvisor how to get here by Metro,... More 

Thank Puithedog
South East England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

It was very quiet when we visited one morning in January 2016. There was a very interesting exhibition going on which also had a film by Ray Eames. It has a couple of great shops inside that sell local artisan pieces too. I really loved the jewellery. There is also places to eat downstairs too. It is an interesting building... More 

Thank Di B
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Went there for a lazy Sunday stroll. Not disappointed. The exhibition was well laid out and in English. The initial exploration of the mondernist movement provided sufficient contextual background to Gaudi and his works. Interesting and educative. Worth the $R 12.00 admission fee for the 2 hour visit.

Thank Jamie P
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Arrived too late to spend enough time but thoroughly enjoyed the great Gaudi exhibit. What an amazing genius.

Thank Dominique L
Joao Pessoa, PB
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

The Institute offers a wonderful external and internal aesthetic experience. The architecture is extravagant and exciting but at the same time intensely practical. The exhibition spaces are relatively small and intimate and there is an excellent restaurant. I saw the Gaudi Barcelona exhibition which was informative and beautifully presented. In the current Brazilian polítical, economic and social crisis it is... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Be alert to know what is on exhibition and on the scene or just go by the region for a walk and eat in the inner restaurant

Thank Marcello P
Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

The buildind is modern and the institute offers different temporary expositions. It is located in a nice place in the city.

Thank maria cecilia s

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Exploring Pinheiros, a neighbourhood known for cozy restaurants and cafes, you will notice a youthful energy. Several cultural centres and institutes surround the area and even its main church, Calvário, hosts a traditional Brazilian “Festa Junina” - a celebration with traditional music, dance, and food during the months of June and July. On the weekends, residents gather at Benedito Calixto Square, a loud and crowded area where people enjoy live music drinks alongside the antiquities fair.
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