(Time for the third batch of my Brazil series:)
Pinacoteca do Estado (State Art Museum) in the Parque da Luz is located in a totally renovated building from 1905. It has an interesting history. The decorative outer shell of facades and inner courts (one of them is on display here) was never realized and during the 30s it functioned as a military facility.
The building of Pinacoteca do Estado (State Art Gallery) was designed by Ramos de Azevedo in 1897 to be home to Liceu de Artes e Ofícios (School of Arts and Crafts)
It was entirely renovated during the tenure of mayor Mario Covas
(architect: Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the 2006 Pritzker Architecture
The museum showcases Brazilian art from the 19th century to the contemporary art. With its collection of approximately 4,000 pieces, the museum is very important for São Paulo, since it gathers works of art by artists born in the city, such as Almeida Júnior, Pedro Alexandrino and Oscar Pereira da Silva, aside from representative works of art by Cândido Portinari, Anita Mafaldi, Victor Brecheret, Tarsila do Amaral and Di Cavalcanti.