Which relations can be traced among works of different origins, periods, and styles? The glass easels at the second floor of MASP seek to eliminate hierarchies between works of the collection, dispense with predetermined scripts, and defy narratives of art history. The transparency of the space invites visitors to build their own paths, thus allowing unexpected juxtapositions involving Asian, African, Brazilian, and European art. The dialogues take place not only among works of art, but also between the compositional elements of each piece, such as figure and background, front and back, canvas and frame, or even among the works and the visitors themselves.
The program Dialogues in the Collection replaces the previous model of guided tours, in which visitors are conducted through a path yearning to encompass the entirety or the highlights of an exhibition. By means of weekly mediations, the project intends to incite new relations among works, visitors, and mediators. Avoiding educational practices in which one speaks and the others merely listen and consent, these gatherings seek to promote multiple dialogues, with audiences of all kinds.
The Dialogues in the Collection take place every Tuesday, from 4pm on. With free admission, you only have to get an identification bracelet at the box office.