Adriano Pedrosa appointed Artistic Director

Adriano Pedrosa appointed Artistic Director

MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand

Photo: Mauricio Jorge.

October 31, 2014

Adriano Pedrosa appointed Artistic Director

MASP—Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand

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Adriano Pedrosa has been appointed Artistic Director of MASP. The appointment comes in the context of a broader restructuring effort at the museum led by the recently elected Executive President Heitor Martins and a renewed board of trustees. Former President of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, noted art collector and partner at McKinsey & Company, Martins appointed a new group of directors gathered “to make MASP a solid and efficient institution, to promote its artistic development, to reconnect with the public and the city, and to regain a more open, plural and transversal character that has been associated with the institution since its inception.” Pedrosa will take up office at the museum on November 1, 2014.

MASP houses the most important collection of European art in the Southern hemisphere, with strong holdings in paintings from the Renaissance to Impressionism. The collection of more than 10,000 works also encompasses African art, archaeology, Asian art, Brazilian art, Latin American art, costumes, textiles, photography, as well as an extensive library and archive, including rare books and documents. MASP was founded by Assis Chateaubriand in 1947 and moved to its landmark building designed by Lina Bo Bardi on Avenida Paulista in 1968. The building is an icon of Latin American modern architecture, and Lina Bo Bardi’s pioneering design and exhibition displays remain radical to date. 

An internationally acclaimed curator, writer and editor, with an extensive professional network, Pedrosa will be in charge of leading several areas of MASP: exhibitions, programming collections, research, restoration, archive, education, architecture, and publications. In his vision, a new team of adjunct curators will be hired to develop different fields. “Given the extension and diversity of MASP’s collection, adjunct curators will bring expertise to each area, and the potential of the museum can be fully explored,” said Pedrosa. “Our focus will be to explore connections between the different museum’s holdings, and to start a new collection of Amerindian art, contextualized not as ethnographic, but quite simply as Brazilian.” The year of 2015 will be dedicated to exploring the museum’s collections, much of which has not been recently seen, as well as the return of the iconic glass easel system designed by Lina Bo Bardi, which has not been used for 20 years. MASP’s program of temporary exhibitions with external loans will resume in 2016. 

Adriano Pedrosa studied Law at the Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Economics at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, and Art and Critical Writing at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He was adjunct curator and editor of publications of the 24th Bienal de São Paulo (1998), curator in charge of exhibitions and collections at Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2000–03), co-curator and co-editor of publications of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006), curator of InSite_05 (San Diego Museum of Art, Centro Cultural Tijuana, 2005), artistic director of the 2nd Trienal de San Juan (2009), curator of 31st Panorama da Arte Brasileira—Mamõyaguara opá mamõ pupé (Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, 2009), co-curator of the 12th Istanbul Biennial, and curator of the São Paulo pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012). Other exhibitions include F[r]icciones (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 1999); Desenhos: A–Z (Museu da Cidade, LIsboa, 2008); The Traveling Show and El Gabinete Blanco (Colección Fundación Jumex, Mexico, D.F., 2010); Conversations in Amman (Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, 2013); artevida (Casa França Brasil, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Escola de Artes Visuais e Cavalariças do Parque Lage, Biblioteca Parque Estadual, Rio de Janeiro, 2014); and Histórias Mestiças (Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, 2014). Currently Pedrosa is founding-director of Programa Independente da Escola São Paulo.

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