Avenida Paulista, 2424
São Paulo, SP – Brazil
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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.
Avenida Paulista, 2424
Praça do Ciclista bus stop, at Avenida Paulista, right in front of IMS:
669A-10 Terminal Princesa Isabel
917H-10 Terminal Pirituba
N506-11 Metrô Vila Madalena
175P-10 Metrô Santana
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
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.
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 open 10am-8pm.
Visitation to the IMS Paulista, including the exhibitions and access to the sculpture Echo, by Richard Serra, is free.
In 70 years of uninterrupted work, Rio de Janeiro native Walter Firmo built up a collection of 155,000 photographs. Under the custody of the IMS, this vast material is the source of an exhibition seeking to show the main trends of his work: blackness, charms, narratives, and experimentation.
Daido Moriyama: uma retrospectiva
Daido Moriyama: a retrospective
The first major Latin American retrospective of one of the greatest living Japanese photographers. Daido Moriyama (1938) began his career in post-war Japan and became a pop icon and the most influential photographer in his country. The exhibition will feature over 200 works and a hundred publications.
Echo, de Richard Serra
Richard Serra's Echo
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.
Rio de Janeiro: Pequenas Áfricas
Rio de Janeiro: Little Africas
IMS team (Beatriz Paes Leme, Julia Kovensky, Paulo Roberto Pires, Rachel Valença) in dialogue with Angélica Ferrarez, Luiz Antônio Simas, Vinicius Natal, and Ynaê Lopes Dos Santos
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A reconstitution of the cultural scene that produced and consolidated urban samba between 1910 and 1940. Recordings, documents, and objects from the collections of the IMS and other institutions also show how this network of solidarity, spirituality, and music spreads itself into the contemporary scene.
Modernidade fora de foco
Modernity Out of Focus
The photographic production during the First Brazilian Republic is highlighted in this exhibition, subtitled Photo and Film in Brazil 1889-1930, which focuses on the urbanisation process of the main Brazilian cities at the time: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife, Belém, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Porto Alegre.
A recurrent target of colonialist violence and an inspiration in the struggle for indigenous rights, the Xingu Indigenous Park was recorded in countless images. Works from the IMS collection and other archives dialogue with the work of indigenous artists and communicators in this exhibition.
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.
Tuesdays to Sundays and holidays 10am–8pm. Always closed on Mondays. Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Contact info for Research queries
+55 11 2842-9132
Exhibitions have free admittance upon presentation of proof of vaccination and passport or any official ID with photo.
If you show symptoms of influenza or covid-19 (fever, coughing, difficult breathing), follow the guidance of the health organizations and do not visit IMS Paulista.
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 are intensified.
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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.
Tuesdays to Sundays and holidays 10am-8pm. Always closed on Mondays. Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.
IMS Por Travessa, at Praça IMS, carries photography books and IMS products including books, catalogues and DVDs.
Tuesdays to Thursday 12pm-4pm.
Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-4pm, and 7pm-10pm.
Always closed on Mondays.
Delivery service available.
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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.