Which relations could be made between objects of different origins, periods and styles? The crystal easels, on MASP's 2nd floor, eliminate hierarchies among the works of the collection, dispense predetermined scripts, and challenge canonical narratives of art history. The transparency of the space invites visitors to build their own paths through the exhibition, allowing unexpected juxtapositions between Asian, African, Brazilian and European art. The dialogues are stablished not only between works, but also between elements that compose each work, as background and figure, front and back, canvas and frame; or even between the works and other visitors.
The Dialogues in the Collection program replaces the traditional model of guided tours, where visitors are lead by a route that aims to cover the whole exhibition or only its, so called, highlights. Through weekly mediations, the program aims to instigate new relations between works, visitors and mediators, rethinking the possible ways of experiencing the gallery. Avoiding a banking model of education, where one speaks and others just listen and agree, the meetings seek to promote multiple dialogues, with all types of audience.
In 2018, in addition to its regular programming, the Dialogues in the Collection seize the opportunity of current exchanges and loans established by MASP with foreign and Brazilian institutions, such as the Tate Museum (London) and B3 (São Paulo Stock Market), to develop special cycles of meetings focused on the works on loan exposed on the concrete and crystal easels.
We invite everyone to participate of the Dialogues in the Collection, which take place weekly, on Tuesdays, at 4pm. Admission is free, and the meetings are helded in portuguese.