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SESC São Paulo presents a broad range of exhibitions, approaching contemporary art from a plural perspective and promoting initiatives that democratically attend to its 38 venues. The exhibits show great interest in fostering and promoting Brazilian and international contemporary art, with the spotlight shining on Latin America and the region known as the Global South. To that end, initiatives that promote greater diversity in art history and a more open approach to other expressions of global culture are encouraged, especially those emerging from contexts outlying the world hegemonic order.
Emergence, Insurgency and Affirmation in Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Art. 10 Sept. 2019 - 26 Jan. 2020, Sesc Santos, São Paulo
Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil - Imagined Communities, 9 October 2019 - 2 February 2020, São Paulo, Brazil
Weaving, Lacemaking, Sewing & Embroidery: Rethinking the place of handicraft today. 15 Oct. 2019 - 9 Feb. 2020, Sesc Vila Mariana, São Paulo.
GOLD – The Serra Pelada Gold Mine. Exhibition by the renowned Brazilian photographer, 17 July - 3 November 2019, Sesc Avenida Paulista, São Paulo
Exhibition that articulates mindsets, dissensions and debates concerning Brazil’s Northeast. 16 May - 25 Aug. 2019, Sesc 24 de Maio, São Paulo.
Choreographic Objects. 27 March - 28 July 2019, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo. Plurisensorial installations, choreographed with the audience.
Moving Image from the Julia Stoschek Collection. 21 March - 16 June 2019, São Paulo. Curator: Rodrigo Moura.
Contemporary woodcuts by eight young artists. 10 Nov. 2018 - 17 Feb. 2019, Sesc Santo Amaro, São Paulo, Brazil. Curator: Célia Barros
Brazilian chapter, Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo. 24 Oct. 2018 - 6 Jan. 2019. Curators: Marion von Osten & Grant Watson.
Anthological show dedicated to the Lithuanian-Brazilian artist (1889 - 1957). 26 Oct. 2018 - 5 March 2019, Sesc 24 de Maio, São Paulo.
Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe & Latin America 1950s - 70s. 10 Aug. - 28 Oct. 2018, Sesc Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil.
March - Aug. 2018, Sesc 24 de Maio, São Paulo. Jamaica’s music & culture; reggae in Brazil. Curator: S. Carayol & team.
Art from popular origins by 121 artists from throughout Brazil. 18 August - 25 November 2018, Sesc Piracicaba, São Paulo.
SESC – Social Service of Commerce – is a private and nonprofit institution of public interest and national scope founded by the entrepreneurs of commerce and services in 1946 in Brazil. In the State of São Paulo, SESC maintains 38 centers of activities which bring together its fields of expertise, carried out through programs in Arts and Culture; Education; Sports; Leisure and Health. SESC has more than 20 million visits each year.
High quality performing arts shows, sports for all policies, well-being proposals, health advices, environmental projects, art and educational exhibitions for free, these are some examples of SESC’s responsabilities and practices. SESC aims to develop international partnerships for the implementation of projects and programmings according to its purpose.
SESC São Paulo’s actions are guided by its educational nature and the pursuit of social welfare based on a broad understanding of the term culture. In this sense, the spaces and contents offered by the institution has the intention to stimulate a wider cultural access and promote an individual autonomy and critics.
Educational initiatives and experiences are the core of the SESC São Paulo visual arts program, which is present in all venues and focuses mainly on contemporary art. The program includes exhibitions, workshops and courses on Brazilian, Latin-American, International, Folk Art, History of Visual Art, Architecture and Design, Illustration, Cartooning and Photography.
During the years SESC has presented exhibitions of acknowledged artists such as Joseph Beuys, Olafur Eliasson, Isaac Julien, Marina Abramovic, Bob Wilson, Sophie Calle, and many others.
In addition to this, SESC Sao Paulo maintains a collection of art works with about two thousand pieces that make part of different shows carried out by itself or by partners.