São Paulo’s art scene is vast and underappreciated, with hundreds of galleries and museums showcasing traditional and modern works... more » from around Brazil and around the world. This full-day tour includes some of the city’s best venues for taking in, and purchasing, art.
Begin downtown at the stately Pinacoteca do Estado, a reformed art school that houses the work of some of Brazil’s most prominent modern visual artists, located just across the street from brightly colored Estação da Luz. Then, take the subway to bustling Avenida Paulista and the iconic Museu de Arte de São Paulo—that bold glass and steel box suspended in the air by red concrete pillars—and get a load of the extensive collection of Brazilian and European paintings and photography. Hop back on the subway, then take a hike down to impactful Galeria Choque Cultural, the city’s best-known temple to street art and graffiti. Then, either walk or cab to the stunning Instituto Tomie Ohtake and its revolving series of photo exhibitions and installations. Lastly, head back downtown to urbane Matilha Cultural, known for its edgy, political exhibitions and rockin’ parties. less «