Jul 7, 2009

Whale beaches at São Paulo's Pinacoteca do Estado museum

Weird, I know. But true. There is a full-size beached whale, measuring a whopping 18 meters in length (and 3 meters in diameter) at the Pinacoteca do Estado, one of São Paulo's best art museums. Instead of blubber and skin, the whale is actually made of styrofoam and covered in blue jean fabric and is the work of artist João Loureiro. On show until August 23. The photo (and the news) are brought to you courtesy of Diogo Oliveira, the über personal concierge who runs the tailored tour company SP Bureau.

For those of you who don't know the Pinacoteca, it's actually the city's oldest museum and first opened in December 1905. It started off with a focus on 19th Century Braziian art. In the sixties, the collection continued to grow and incorporated several later works. Today it owns more than 8,000 works, and has expanded into a second building, which was dubbed Estação Pinacoteca. The main building suffered a significant remodelling and expansion in the late 90s, projected by Pritzer prize winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha - considered by many one of the architect's most masterful projects.

Pinacoteca do Estado: Praça da Luz, 2, tel. 11 3324.1000. Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm

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