We visited the MASP in Sao Paulo. The Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo is a private nonprofit museum founded by Brazilian businessman Assis Chateaubriand, in 1947, as Brazil's first modern museum. The museum is a landmark with its glass and red pillars built out of concrete. When we we're there unfortunately the pillars were covered in plastic for renovation. But the exhibition was what impressed us most and stole our hearts. What a beautiful way to exhibit art!
The return of Lina Bo Bardi’s radical crystal easels to the collection presents a selection of 119 artworks drawn from the museum’s diverse holdings, spanning from the 4th century BC to 2008. The easels were first presented at the opening of the museum’s current venue in 1968, and withdrawn in 1996. We also saw our famous Dutch old masters Rembrandt van Rijn and Frans Hals exhibited on the crystal easels. Next to Degas, Cezanne, Monet, Velasquez, and Picasso. The statement of taking the paintings off the wall and placing them on the easels making them more accessible to the public. Moreover, the placement of the labels on their backs allows for an initial direct encounter with the work, free from an interpretive framework.
After our museum visit we explored the Jardim Paulista from Avenida Paulista to Rua Augusta, one of the most famous streets in Sao Paulo, and checked out the nice store B.Luxo Vintage. This vintage shop is perfect for those who appreciate vintage objects, decorative items, accessories and clothes. Founded by two people who work in the fashion industry, this vintage shop is beautifully decorated, stylish and organized. The shop is so famous that even actress Sarah Jessica Parker visited B. Luxo Vintage. Famous Brazilian artists are also regular customers. It is worth a visit and the pieces are one by one beautiful gems.
Rua Augusta is a feast for the eyes with its colour painted walls, hip stores and coffee shops. The further you walk to the Oscar Freire the more stylish hip and rich people you will notice. A must see is the store where you can find the most famous flip-flops of Brazil: the Havaianas. These colourful, rubber-soled flip-flops have become a global phenomenon and this 300 square meters flagship store designed by Isay Weinfeld is the best place to find them.
We had dinner in one of the hottest new restaurants in Sao Paulo, the much talked-about restaurant KAA. KAA is a magnificent example of a beautiful use of space. The main restaurant is narrow and long. It is nearly 800 square-meters and has a high-ceilinged space. A massive green wall with more than 7,000 live plants, a retractable roof over a section of the space, a staircase leading to a mezzanine-level lounge, and a dividing wall behind the bar, all add to the magnificent feeling of airy relaxation. And the food is delicious! The wine menu is showed on an iPad, how modern. The brie tortellini with fig compote was excellent. We recommend that one in specific!