Ipiranga Museum opens three exhibitions at metro stations

On May 20, the Sé, Luz and República stations of the São Paulo Metro will host three exhibitions exploring the collection and history of the Ipiranga Museum, including information about its current renovation and expansion, as well as the formation of the city of São Paulo and details of the painting “Independência ou Morte”, by Pedro Américo. Checking out!

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Closed after nine years, it won’t be long before the Ipiranga Museum reopen its doors on September 7, which will mark the bicentenary of independence this year. Until the big day arrives, the public can get a taste of what the institution is preparing by visiting three exhibitions at the São Paulo metro station, at Sé, Luz and República stations. The free exhibitions will focus on the history of São Paulo, the museum itself and also the most famous painting in its collection, “Independência ou Morte”, by Pedro Américo. Opening May 20 at the three stations, the shows will continue to run through June 19 as part of the Metro Culture Line program. Visiting hours follow the opening hours of the stations. According to the official statement, the inspiration for the exhibition project came from the process of restoration and expansion of the museum, with elements referring to the scaffolding of the work.

Check out a little more about each show’s content below:

A Station Republica, line 3 – Redreceives the exposure Brazil’s Independence on Screen: Reimagining Ipiranga’s Cry. According to the official note, in this exhibition the museum invites the public to reflect on the most iconic image of the historical episode, the painting “Independence or Death”, painted in 1888, which will be present in a 3m x 1 reproduction 70m . The exhibition brings together information about the historical context of the production, canvas cutouts with details and sketches of the painting made by Pedro Américo, as well as video content about the restoration carried out between 2017 and 2022. It also covers the controversy surrounding the painting, showing how the artist was inspired by other historical paintings, a common device at the time, which cannot be considered plagiarism. “When we visualize an image, we always have to consider that it is the result of a construction,” says the exhibition curator and professor at the institution. The ‘Independence or Death’ screen is no different. That is why the exhibition invites us to think about the context of the work, so that we can better enjoy it, fully restored, at the reopening of the museum,” said the artist. Prof. Paulo Cesar Garcez Marinsin an official message sent by email to DIARY.

Restoration of the painting “Independence or Death”, by Pedro Américo. (Credits: Jose Rosael – Ipiranga Museum).

Me and Luz Station, Line 1 – Bluewill host the exhibition São Paulo – Territory Under Construction, an immersion in the urban landscape from the end of the 19th century to the present. The tour includes the transformations of several postcards, such as Avenida Paulista, Pátio do Colégio, Avenida 9 de Julho (which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2021) and others of which only remains today, such as in the case of Várzea do Carmo. For this, the exhibition features images of two important names in Brazilian photography: Militão Augusto de Azevedo, who published the “Comparative Album of the City of São Paulo” in 1887; and Werner Haberkorn, who chronicled the rampant urbanization of the 1940s and 1950s. “We also want to take a look at the present and the future, with the new postcards from São Paulo in commercial areas, such as Marginal Pinheiros, Berrini, and an invitation to reflect on the impact of the pandemic on the city,” emphasizes out Solange Ferraz de Lima, curator of the exhibition and professor at the museum, still in an official note.

The photo of the city of São Paulo 1887 - SE side, taken from the Jardim Tower, will be present in the Estação da Luz exhibition.
City of São Paulo 1887_Side SE, taken from Jardim Tower_Acervo Museu Paulista USP_ Comparative Album of the City of São Paulo 1862-1887: Militão Augusto de Azevedo — [São Paulo : Photographia Americana, 1887]_Dimensions: 21 cm x 30 cm

new Sé station, line 3 – Redthe public will be able to learn a little more about the New Museum of Ipiranga, including information about the project and the new spaces, which doubled the built-up area of ​​the museum, allowing it to house 12 exhibitions in 49 exhibition rooms, in addition to a viewing point, shop, café and auditorium for 200 people. Visitors can also access historical images of the Monument building, from its construction in the late 1800s to the present day, as well as details of the restoration process of its refined architecture, using specially adapted tools to reproduce the work of the artisans of the past. In video, the audience follows the series “Diário do Novo Museu do Ipiranga”, with images and interviews about the new project. “We also emphasize the total accessibility of the building and the exhibitions of the reopening, a treatment with no equivalent in Brazil in number and diversity of means, which permeated exhibition thinking from the beginning”, reinforces Professor Solange, also responsible for the curatorship of this show, which also brings curiosities about the archaeological finds on the construction site.

Photos of the restoration projects of the Ipiranga Museum, such as the projection of the French garden by H+F Arquitetos, will be on display in Estação Sé.
Projection of the French garden by H+F Arquitetos. (Credits: H+F Architects).


From May 20 to June 19.

New Museum of Ipiranga
Sé station, line 3 – Red metro
Daily from 04:40 am to 12:00 pm
Curator: Paulo Cesar Garcez Marins

São Paulo – Territory Under Construction
Luz Station, Line 1 – Blue Metro
Daily from 04:40 am to 12:00 pm
Curator: Solange Ferraz de Lima

Brazil’s Independence on Screen: Reimagining Ipiranga’s Cry
República Station, Line 3 – Red Metro
Daily from 04:40 am to 12:00 pm
Curator: Solange Ferraz de Lima

Support: São Paulo Metro Culture Line

For more information, visit the website of Ipiranga Museum.

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