Friday, May 14, 2010
CH and I went around Bom Retiro where the flat is and took in some sights. We first went to Parque da Luz (Light Park) which I'm told in it's beginning in the early twentieth century was very luxurious and over time had lost it's luster. Over the last few years Luz has found new life as it had become a den for crackheads. It is now an outdoor museum where homeless people, couples, men without work, retired men, and anyone else can sit and enjoy the beautiful greenery, towering goliath Banyan Trees, and rejuvenated space that has become once again a retreat from the city. A very Bom Retiro indeed. The park holds one of São Paulo's many incredible museums: Pinacoteca do Estado is a true jem holding many of Brazil's more prominent and not so prominent works from modern and contemporary artists such as Tarsila do Amaral, Anita Malfatti, and Candido Portinari. Much of the art on display is truly brazilian in that the works convey life in brazil and the mestizo people who live here. The curator for the museum has significant style that maximizes the space through almost crowded juxtaposition. Photos will be up tomorrow.