São Paulo had a unique art invasion: an abandoned hospital closed since 1993 opened its doors for the first time to the public to host an artistic intervention. The “Made by… Feito por Brasileiros” exhibition reunites the works of a hundred artists, fifty from Brazil & fifty from abroad.
The exhibition is curated by Marc Pottier & Simon Watson & incorporates ephemeral works of painting, sculpture, installation & video. The site chosen to host the show is as interesting as the artistic intervention itself; built in 1904 the Matarazzo Hospital, in the center of São Paulo, brings back to life derelict pavilions, hallways, examination rooms, maternity wards, courtyards & gardens with the amazing works of selected artists. I must confess I wanted to visit the exhibition specially because I was dying to see the Hospital for the first & last time; I simply adore neglected places & antique architecture styles, so visiting one of the most important medical wards of the city’s history was a burning desire & as I could prove it, a delightful experience.
“Made by… Feito por Brasileiros” was created as a public goodbye to the world, since the building that had been hidden for a long time will now be overtaken by the architects Jean Nouvel & Philippe Starck, converting the magnificent space into a luxe hotel, theathers, art gallery & a mall. Unfortunatelly this piece of history will be destroyed, just like many other buildings in Brazil since our politicians don’t care much about keeping our history alive. The Matarazzo Hospital would be the perfect site for international art events for the next years, but money speaks louder, I guess. At least I had the chance to visit it before it turns to dust, or better, turns into something I’ll never be able to afford to visit again.