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 2019, in addition to its regular meetings about the works of the museum's collection, the program takes advantage of the exchanges and loans currently established by MASP with foreign and Brazilian institutions, such as the Museum of Contemporary (MAC) Art Chicago (United States) and B3 (the new Stock Exchange, São Paulo), to develop special cycles of dialogues focused on this special works exhibited at the concrete and glass 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.