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Art beyond museums: get to know galleries in São Paulo that need to be on your artistic itinerary

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Casper Libero chapter.

When you are in a city like São Paulo, willing or not, you’ll most certainly be in touch with different cultures and the most diverse types of art. The city’s museums are amazing, there’s no doubt about that. But have you ever considered accessing art in other kinds of displacements?

On this International Museum Day, I gathered up some art galleries (almost all free to visit) that you should add to your “to-go list” here in São Paulo. Come with me and consider enriching your artistic itinerary with these amazing galleries!

A7MA Gallery

Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque, 250, Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil

A7MA characterizes itself as a representation of the art born on the streets and affirms that this kind of art is defined by the intentions that normally result in collective works, full of human touch and questioning intakes. Recently, the gallery held a project where São Paulo’s Green Line subway was taken by colors bringing creativity and art to the city’s public transport.

From April 13th to May 21st, “Organometria by Highraff” will be taking the gallery’s space. On his first individual exposition after a long ten-year pause, the curator Daniele Machado brings Rafael Highraff’s fusion of organic and geometric forms onto the gallery by displacing thirteen of the artist’s most recent paintings.

Casa Triângulo

Rua Estados Unidos, 1324, Jardins, São Paulo, Brazil

On the city’s west side, we have Casa Triângulo. Founded in 1988, it’s considered one of the city’s most important galleries of contemporary Brazilian art. At the moment, the gallery’s space isn’t hosting any special exhibitions, but you can still check out their usual collection. You can also go to their exhibition at another very important place in São Paulo, at the Tomie Ohtake Institute.

Curated by Priscyla Gomes and assisted by Diego Mauro, “Vânia Mignone: De tudo se faz questão” is the gallery’s current exhibition which is being held at Instituto Tomie Ohtake located at the Pinheiros neighborhood, on Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 201.

The name for the exhibition was taken from the verse of Clube da Esquina n°02, from a group formed by the famous MPB singer Milton Nascimento together with and Márcio Borges


Rua Oscar Freire, 379 – Lj. 1, Jardim Paulista,  São Paulo, Brazil

Galatea focuses on bringing modern and contemporary Brazilian art to the public’s eye. The gallery works with notorious names as well as with emerging talents of art, while also eventually rescuing historic ones.

“Daniel Lannes: Paraísos” is their current exposition that was just recently opened on May 11th and goes until June 17th. The exhibition presents paintings produced in dialogue with the poem Opiário, written in 1915 by Álvaro de Campos, a heteronym of the famous Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.

Galatea describes the selected paintings as capturers of the torpor and the movement described in the poem, drifting between the real and imaginary worlds.

Gomide & Co

Avenida Paulista, 2644, São Paulo, Brazil

Located on the Avenue which is the most known symbol of the city, Gomide & Co was founded in 2013 and focuses on promoting Brazilian art. Their most recent exposition, “Leonora de Barros: Não Vejo A Hora”, opened on May 8th and ended on May 13th. Sadly, a short time for Leonora’s magnificent works of art.

But don’t worry! The gallery is also holding another amazing exposition: the “Hélio Oiticica: mundo-labirinto”. The artist from Rio de Janeiro passed away in 1980, and through his art you can notice the roots of the context he surfaced, marked by geometric abstraction of forms and monochromatic transgressions.

The exhibition goes on until mid-July, on the 22nd, and is being displaced at the Casa SP-Arte located in the Jardins neighborhood, on Alameda Ministro Rocha Azevedo, 1052.

Zipper Galeria

Rua Estados Unidos, 1494, Jardim América, São Paulo, Brazil

Also focused on Brazilian contemporary art, Zipper Galeria opened in 2010 and was initially established focusing on the production of emerging names from the artistic scene and quickly became recognized as a gallery that works with the new “youthful language” of the city.

On the 11th, the gallery inaugurated a collective exhibition “Ritos e Alegorias sobre Natureza”  curated by Ana Carolina Ralston. The exhibition presents sixteen visual artists from the Western world and from people from different regions of Brazil. The works were specially made for this project and show “the differences, complementarities, but also similarities about the respective visions of myths, rites, and allegories that surround our conception of the natural universe”, affirms the curator Ana Carolina.

Itaú Cultural

Avenida Paulista, 149, São Paulo, Brazil

I just had to open an exception for this. By not being a gallery, but a not-for-profit institute, Itaú Cultural wasn’t originally on this itinerary. But, while I was walking on Paulista Avenue it caught my attention that they were displacing a new exposition, and, let me tell you, it’s amazingly worth seeing! 

The project consists of various street and graffiti artists that gathered in the institute’s space and set their imaginations free to give life to this amazing exhibition. All of the exhibition’s space is full of color and art that we normally see around the city. So, if you’re (luckily) reading this article between 2023’ May 6th and July 30th, you should definitely check the institute’s latest street art exposition, “Além das ruas: histórias do graffiti”. It’s free entry!

The article above was edited by Mariana do Patrocínio. 

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Clara Rocha

Casper Libero '26

brazilian first-year journalism student at cásper líbero and english features' editor at HCCL! contact at: annacgrocha@gmail.com :)