November 20, 2016
On a sunny Sunday afternoon on Av. Paulista, São Paulo, we saw:
We went into MASP where they had some unusual exhibits, including a lot of folk art.
There was also a gallery where all the pictures stood singly in stands across the room, not on the walls. To find out who the artist was, you had to go around to look at the back of the painting where the information was. Not knowing this right away made me think about the paintings differently.
One of them, for example, made use of dark colors in a religious scene. This one has to be Spanish, I thought – and when I went around to the back, I found I was right – it was an El Greco! Nearby, I saw another one which I also thought was Spanish – that time, I was wrong: it was Italian. Many of the works were by Brazilian artists, whom I’d never heard of, but I began to recognize certain styles and folkloric themes.
Leaving the museum, we found out there was to be a concert later that day by a classical ensemble, which was tempting, but instead we continued on to see more sights along the avenue.
Across the avenue from MASP is a park, commonly called Trianon Park, but it is actually Siqueira Campos Park according to a sign at the far end. Paths took us through tropical forest plants. In some spots, we heard music: a group doing pretty terrible a cappella renditions of Beatles songs; recorded music on a CD or MP3 player while a man watch a woman doing modern dance moves. It was a great make-out place too – we saw couples of several types: straight, gay, and lesbian. I thought, Dale and I should sit on a bench and make out to contribute another type – OLD lovers! At the entrance to the park on the Av. Paulista side were many stands displaying craft goods for sale – we briefly glanced at them, but didn’t stop. However, somewhere along the avenue, Dale got a São Paulo t-shirt and a new cap that says Brasil on it.