UPDATE 2 (13/10/14)
It has just been announced that this exhibition is being extended for a few more days until October 17th. Probably due to the unbelievable numbers which were turning out. I happened to pass by on Saturday and was absolutely amazed that the queues were ridiculous running a snake around the perimeter, I could also see inside and notice that there was a monster queue of about 100 people waiting to enter the Chapel, which was one of the highlights.. I had a good 5 minutes on my own in there when I went. So anyway, the extended dates are:
October 15, 16 and 17th (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 to 12, and from 14 to 16h. So this really is last chance saloon, and expect it to be a little busy!
I highly recommend this exhibition, I have actually been twice already, and would happily return again, even if the derelict hospital was devoid of the hundreds of artistic interventions, this would still be a fascinating place to wonder around. I also recommend that you try to visit during the week, as the experience of going on a Saturday and a week day were miles apart.. during the week, I had the place almost to myself..able to see everything without queues and people in my way. There are only 10 days left before the site will probably begin to be transformed into luxury hotels and shopping centers, so all the more reason to enjoy it while it lasts. I am adding a selection of photos I took on my last visit, but it only gives a glimpse of the vastness of the site and work on display. If you haven’t yet been and are planning to go, don’t forget to enter the chapel at the end before the exit, where there is an excellent and huge intervention by Joana Vasconcelos. Enjoy!
The derelict Cidade Matarazzo hospital in the center of Sao Paulo, has been turned into a large artistic intervention called Made by Brazilians, thanks to the help of a hundred artists in total, 50 from Brazil and 50 from abroad. The doors of the hundred year old hospital open to the public on September 9th, for the first time since the hospitals closure around 20 years ago. Once this exhibition Made by Brazilians…Feito por Brazileiros closes the hospital site is scheduled for a total regeneration.
The project has cost around R$12 million and is curated by Marc Pottier and Simon Watson. The artists involved are many and varied, and include Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, Joana Vasconcelos, Nuno Ramos, Arne Quinze and Vik Muniz.. there are too many to name them all. For more details see the website.
Made by Brazilians sounds like the type of event where the location will be equally as interesting as the artistic intervention. The site is around 30,000 square meters (the map above shows how huge it is), with the art spread out across the entire area, many of which are enormous pieces. Check out this video teaser, which shows a little of the location and what to expect:
WHERE: Alameda Rio Claro, 190 – Bela Vista, São Paulo – SP. CEP 01332-010
WHEN: Opens to the public: September 9th, Runs until October 12th. 9AM to 5PM