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IMS Paulista


Avenida Paulista, 2424
São Paulo, SP – Brazil

Visiting hours

From Tuesdays to Fridays, open 12pm–4pm. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, open from 1pm to 5pm. Always closed on Mondays.


Free for the cultural center and exhibitions. Booking your visit is mandatory.

Get in touch

By phone +55 11 2842-9120 By email

Consolidating its presence in São Paulo, the most important cultural scene in Brazil, IMS opened its new address in September 2017: 2424 Paulista Avenue, sprawling over seven double-height stories. In addition to the exhibitions spaces, with over 1,200 sq. mts., IMS Paulista also offers a cine-theater – for film screenings, musical events, lectures and debates –, a photography library, classrooms, a book shop, a cafe and a restaurant.

Getting here

Avenida Paulista, 2424


Bus lines
Praça do Ciclista bus stop, at Avenida Paulista, right in front of IMS:

669A-10 Terminal Princesa Isabel
917H-10 Terminal Pirituba
875A-10 Perdizes
N506-11 Metrô Vila Madalena
175P-10 Metrô Santana
874T-10 Lapa
805L-10 Aclimação
874C-10 Metrô - Trianon - Masp
917M-10 Morro Grande
975A-10 Vila Brasilândia
875H-10 Term. Lapa
875P-10 Metrô Barra Funda
877T-10 Vila Anastácio

Paulista Bairro/Centro, at the Rua da Consolação Street and Avenida Paulista crossing, a 2-minute walk from IMS:

178L-10 Lauzane Paulista
N801-11 Terminal Parque Dom Pedro II
7545-10 Praça Ramos de Azevedo
702C-10 Metrô Belém
778R-10 Terminal Princesa Isabel
7272-10 Praça Ramos de Azevedo
8700-10 Praça Ramos de Azevedo
702U-10 Terminal Parque Dom Pedro II
7458-10 Estação da Luz
8705-10 Anhangabaú
7903-10 Praça Ramos de Azevedo
701A-10 Parque Edu Chaves
909T-10 Terminal Parque Dom Pedro II
7267-10 Praça Ramos de Azevedo
7282-10 Praça Ramos de Azevedo
7411-10 Praça da Sé
8700-21 Praça Ramos de Azevedo
7281-10 Praça Ramos de Azevedo

Subway stations Consolação (Line 2 - Green), in Avenida Paulista, and Paulista (Line 4 - Yellow), in Rua da Consolação, are less than a 5-minute walk from IMS Paulista.

Bike path
The Avenida Paulista bike path goes right in front of IMS, almost at the crossing with Rua da Consolação. The cultural center offers a bike parking space open 10am-8pm.

IMS Paulista only offers parking for people with disabilities. There is a free bicycle parking space open10am-8pm.


The exhibitions and visitation to IMS Paulista are free admittance, but you must book in advance.

We want to help you make the most of your visit. IMS Paulista has a fixed route that will be given to you in advance when you schedule your visit, and at the entrance. Only one entry will be allowed per person at the gallery, per visit. After leaving the gallery, you will not be allowed back inside.

Access to the sculpture Echo, by Richard Serra, is free, and it may be visited after your route through the exhibition galleries and other spaces.


Paz Errázuriz


Evelyn, La Palmera, Santiago, 1983. Fundación Mapfre © Paz Errázuriz


Oct 13, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021

Organized by

Fundación MAPFRE, with collaboration from IMS

Info in Portuguese

Paz Errázuriz began taking photographs in the 1970s, at the height of Chile’s military dictatorship. She used her camera to record images of the people of Chile, particularly groups who did not conform to the usual social patterns. Since then, her keen eye for capturing the contradictions of her homeland has made her a leading name in Chilean photography.

Born in Santiago in 1944, Errázuriz first worked as an elementary school teacher, but quit after the 1973 coup and became a self-taught photographer. She began by registering images of the streets of her native city and covering demonstrations against the dictatorship. Images of political events, however, have not been Errázuriz’s central focus. She ultimately chose portraiture as her main form of expression, aiming her lens at people whose very lives constituted forms of resistance against the era’s prevailing norms and conservative climate. Committed to rendering the people of her homeland, Errázuriz ventured into areas that were barred to women by the conservative morality of the day, such as the world of boxing.

This retrospective offers an overview of her work. It presents some 150 photographs taken from the 1970s through 2010s, divided into ten thematic groupings. The selection speaks to the relationships of empathy and trust that Errázuriz has built over the course of her career.

Agora ou nunca – devolução


Scene from the movie Xingu Terra (1979)


Oct 13, 2020 - Jan 31, 2021


Maureen Bisilliat and Rachel Rezende

Info in Portuguese

Just shy of eighty-nine years of age, the photographer Maureen Bisilliat has produced a broad set of works that portray the contradictions and human figures of deep Brazil. Bisilliat stopped taking pictures professionally in the 1980s and switched her focus to video. Over the past eight years, she has been studying and organizing her audiovisual collection at her own home, submitting her life and oeuvre to an intense process of review and re-evaluation.

The product of this in-depth exploration of her video output is this exhibition, consisting of twelve videos produced from the 1960s through 2018. Through its mosaic of memories, the exhibition showcases the sense of human connection that pervades the artist’s oeuvre. Included are records of reunions between Bisilliat and people she photographed in the past, in places like Rio de Janeiro’s Mangueira Hill community and the Recôncavo Baiano, in Salvador, Bahia.

Agora ou nunca also features films from her experiences at Xingu Indigenous Park in the state of Mato Grosso, where she first visited in the 1970s at the invitation of Orlando Villas Bôas, a Brazilian explorer and indigenous rights activist. She later returned several times to do photo essays depicting the life of the Xingu peoples.

Arquivo Peter Scheier


René D'Harnoncourt, Dorothy C. Miller, and unidentified woman. I São Paulo Art Biennial, 1951. Photo by Peter Scheier/IMS Collection


Oct 13 - Nov 8, 2020


Heloisa Espada, assisted by Marina Barzon

Info in Portuguese

The exhibition is the result of a deep divo into the archive of the German photographer Peter Scheier (1908-1979), comprised of approximately 35,000 images made between the 1940s and 1970s, and now belonging to Instituto Moreira Salles.

Curated by Heloisa Espada, visual arts coordinator for the IMS, Peter Scheier Archive highlights his time spent working for O Cruzeiro magazine in the 1940s, his records of the birth of institutions such as the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) and the São Paulo Biennial in the 1950s, as well as his collaboration with modernist architects such as Rino Levi and Lina Bo Bardi.

Echo, de Richard Serra

Richard Serra's Echo

Cristiano Mascaro/IMS


Permanent exhibition


Outer garden, ground floor

Info in Portuguese

The first sculpture of American artist Richard Serra open for public and permanent visitation on Latin America, Echo (2019) was inaugurated on IMS Paulista on February 23rd, 2019.

Comprised of two 18.6 meters high steel plates, each weighing in at 70.5 tons – a reflection of the balanced tension between weight and lightness featured on Serra's work – Echo was created specifically for IMS Paulista and it's currently installed on its outer garden, right behind the Balaio restaurant.

The sculpture adds up to other monumental works by the artist on permanent exhibition throughout the world, all integrated within urban spaces or nature.

Photography Library

The IMS Paulista Photography Library is unique in Brazil. With a capacity for 30,000 items, it aims to encourage research in photography and to contribute towards an understanding of photography in its various modes of expression. The collection is comprised of publications of and about photography, contemplating also its forays into cinema, fashion, the visual arts and humanities. In addition to the general works collection, selected by the curatorship, the library houses special collections by names such as Stefania Bril, Thomaz Farkas, Iatã Cannabrava, Vania Toledo and Gerhard Steidl.

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm-8pm. Always closed on Mondays. Rare books not available on Sundays. Booking in advance is mandatory, temporarily restricted to researchers only.

Contact info for


By email

By phone

+55 11 2842-9132

General information

Use of face masks in public is mandatory in the State of São Paulo (State Decree n. 64.959, of May 4, 2020). Every visitor at IMS Paulista must wear a face mask, including children (starting at 6 years old).

If you are not feeling well, stay home. Everyone will have their temperature taken out upon arrival, and whoever has body temperature of 37.5 ºC (99.5 ºF) or higher will not be allowed inside.

Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance and in all other areas. You may use it whenever you wish. Sanitize your hands frequently and avoid touching your face, your eyes or your mask. There is also a sanitizing mat at the entrance for your shoes.

Cleaning of restrooms, elevators, contact surfaces and all other areas will be intensified.

Keep a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from other people.

As we will not offer lockers, do not bring your backpack, but rather a lightweight bag that can stay with you for the duration of the visit.

The bicycle racks at IMS Paulista will be available for anyone with a scheduled visit during visiting hours.

We want to help you make the most of your visit. IMS Paulista has a fixed route that will be given to you in advance when you schedule your visit, and at the entrance. Only one entry will be allowed per person at the gallery, per visit. After leaving the gallery, you will not be allowed back inside.

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There is directional signaling and elevators for access to all visitation spaces. We offer a wheelchair and parking spaces for people with disabilities. Guide dogs are welcome.

Lost and found

Any lost objects must be turned in to the reception counter at Praça IMS.


IMS Paulista offers free Wi-Fi internet connection.


IMS Por Travessa, at Praça IMS, carries photography books and IMS products including books, catalogues and DVDs.


Balaio IMS is open from Mondays to Fridayss 12pm-4pm, and 12pm-5pm on Sundays and holidays.

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IMS Paulista does not allow film and photographic records using the building as location, and does not rent or offer its premises for any activities, events or projects by third parties.

Personal photography is permitted, without flash or other professional equipment. Taking pictures will not be allowed in some of the photography exhibitions due to copyright restrictions. Share your picture on Instagram using the #imspaulista tag.

Pets are not allowed. Guide dogs are welcome.

Parents or responsible adults and teachers must always accompany children during school and group visits. IMS educators, guards and receptionists will alert the adults in charge when children are near dangerous spots or if their behavior is deemed inconvenient to other visitors.

By entering the premises of IMS Paulista, visitors authorize the use of records of their image during visitation for archive, documentation, publicity and broadcasting purposes, as well as other unforeseen uses.

IMS is following all recommendations by municipal and state authorities, as well as by health organizations, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. By entering our premises, you accept the risk of exposure.