MASP (1)

I have come too late to São Paulo to join the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, which was opened – but not to the public – on 7 November 1968 by Queen Elizabeth II, no less.   One slightly wonders what she was doing visiting Brazil so soon after the arrival of a military dictatorship.   It was presumably on the Foreign Office’s, and maybe the CIA’s advice. The idea for MASP came from Francisco de Assis Chateaubriand, a newspaper magnate, who had hired Pietro Maria Bardi, an Italian art dealer who had worked for Mussolini, to collect works of art for him when they were cheap in the aftermath of the second world war. But between Pietro Maria Bardi and his architect wife, Lina Bo, they created the most democratic and conceptually original museum of its time:-

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