select - São Paulo Museums
Written by Brian Johnston
The city that is hosting five matches and a semi-final in the World Cup this month is more than just soccer mad: it boasts some of Brazils most intriguing museums.
Museum of Football
The Museu do Futebol, tucked beneath the stands of the colourful art deco-style Paulo Machado de Carvalho (Pacaembu) Stadium, takes a nostalgic journey through the history and culture of futebol in Brazil, and looks at the highlights and happenings of World Cups past. Photography of the early years of football is remarkable. Highly interactive exhibits such as a penalty shoot-out simulator will keep the kids entertained, and even the less than football-mad will be struck by the passion this sport evokes in Brazil.
The history, heritage, and culture of black Brazil is presented at this museum in some 3,000 works of art, presided over by a towering statue of Zumbi, an escaped slave-turned-warrior who figures large in Brazilian history. The Slave Ship room, which depicts the early journeys of Africans across the Atlantic, is especially striking, but the museum dwells more on the positive contributions of the black community to Brazil rather than its travails.
Museum of Art
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo makes a statement even in its building, a 1968 glass-and-concrete brutalist structure that remains a city landmark. It houses an internationally significant collection of European art, including a superb assembly of sculptures by Edgar Degas, and has a particular emphasis on post-WWII art. It also features interesting collections of Brazilian, African, and Asian paintings and sculptures.