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Ana Mazzei and Regina Parra Work Acquired by Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil

24 January 2020

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) in Brazil has over the past several years dedicated its entire programming to one central theme to tell numerous histories of art that have long been overlooked, part of the vision of its artistic director Adriano Pedrosa.

For 2019, the museum focused on women artists, mounting two thematic exhibitions—Histórias das Mulheres looking at women’s making prior to 1900 and Histórias Feministas on art by women-identified artists made since 2000—and 12 solo exhibitions of women.

As part of this effort, for 2019, all of MASP’s acquisitions were work by women-identified artists, resulting in the addition of 296 works into the permanent collection by contemporary artists, a collective, and numerous unknown women from the 19th century, whose contributions are important textiles.

In a statement, Isabella Rjeille, who co-curated of Histórias Feministas and spearheaded many of these acquisitions, “This is a historical step for the institution toward a more balanced representation of art history in its collection, known for its major presence of white, male and European artists.”