IMS Paulista


Avenida Paulista, 2424
São Paulo, SP – Brazil

Visiting hours

Open 10am–8pm; on Thursdays, 10am-10pm (on holidays, 10am-8pm). Closed on Mondays. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time


Free for the cultural center and exhibitions. Prices for courses and movie tickets may vary

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.


Letizia Battaglia: Palermo


Man covers himself to avoid being photographed, Geraci Siculo, 1989. Picture by Letizia Battaglia


Apr 27 - Sep 22, 2019


Paolo Falcone

Info in Portuguese

Since 1971, when Letizia Battaglia started taking pictures, her work has kept close ties to the city of Palermo. She documented the conflicts that shook the city, especially in the 1970s and 1980s, the most violent period of the "Mafia Wars". Those were intense, brutal images.

Battaglia also documented life within the poor neighborhoods of Palermo, political movements, and the dawn of new social behaviors, creating images that became iconic. She always treated photography as a means of social intervention and denouncement, presenting extraordinary expressive strength and formal refinement that made Letizia one of the most relevant names of her generation.

The exhibition, curated by the specialist Paolo Falcone, gathers 58 images and copies of publications and videos, among these the documentary La mia Battaglia (2016) by Sicilian filmmaker Franco Maresco.

Sergio Larrain: um retângulo na mão


Chiloé Island, Chile, 1957. © Sergio Larrain/Magnum Photos


Apr 27 - Aug 25, 2019


Agnès Sire

Info in Portuguese

Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain blazed across the photography world like a meteor, creating an immensely rich, marginal and brilliant career. This wide retrospective of his work, organized by the French curator Agnès Sire, covers all of the photographer’s work.

Visitors can see pictures from Larrain's early days photographing street kids in Santiago and from a series of professional trips, his work as a foreign correspondent and member of the Magnum agency, and his mature look upon returning home up until his early departure, opting for a life of isolation and meditation.

To this great exhibition, which started at the Arles Festival in 2013 and took a trip around the world, including IMS Rio, IMS’ curators Miguel Del Castillo and Samuel Titan Jr. added a brief segment that chronicles the time Larrain spent at O Cruzeiro Internacional magazine.

Marc Ferrez: Território e imagem


Guanabara Bay seen from Niterói. Niterói, RJ, Brazil c. 1890. Marc Ferrez/IMS Collection


Mar 26 - Aug 25, 2019


Sergio Burgi, with research by Ileana Pradilla Ceron

Info in Portuguese

The exhibition showcases the photographer's extensive work throughout the country over the course of more than 50 years of his professional career, between 1867 and 1923. Marc Ferrez (1843–1923) covered Brazil's Northeastern, North and Southeastern regions as the official photographer for the Geological Commission of the Brazilian Empire (1875-1878), whereas the South and Southwest where documented during his times as a photographer for the main railroads being built and reformed during that period.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Ferrez also intensively documented the Empire's capital and its surroundings. His professional and creative activities were decidedly marked by an everlasting search for language and technological innovations, while keeping a close association to great names in engineering, sciences and art.

With over 300 items from the IMS archives, as well as some other institutions', the exhibition includes photographs and original photo albums, glass negatives, stereoscopies, autochromes, cameras and photographic equipment, original documents and mail, discussing the role of photographic images in the exploration of the Brazilian territory throughout its diverse regions, as well as the construction and consolidation of the idea of a nation, especially during the Second Empire and the early days of the Republic. All the while, this exhibit also goes through the many image territories explored by Ferrez on his professional practice, from collodion to color photography, as well as cinema and print, all the way up to mass visual communication.

Richard Serra's Echo

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.

Michael Wesely's Open Camera

Câmera aberta, de Michael Wesely

Michael Wesely's Open camera

Michael Wesely/IMS Collection


Sep 20, 2017 – Dec 29, 2019


Thyago Nogueira

Info in Portuguese

Open Camera is a project by the German artist Michael Wesely that began in 2014 upon IMS' invitation; curated by Thyago Nogueira, coordinator of contemporary photography at the institute. Wesely set up six cameras - four analogs and two digitals - in the facades of buildings neighboring the construction site of IMS Paulista; these cameras continuously documented the images of the four faces of the new cultural center as these were built.

The images were captured through a technique developed by the artist, who uses cameras of his own making that allow for the exposure of a single negative over the course of many years, thus condensing several moments into one single photograph. The cameras documented the construction of IMS Paulista for almost three years and were uninstalled by the end of that process, in 2017.

"All the construction process [for the building] leaves traces in photography and it's amazing to notice what stays visible", says Wesely. The four images of the project and one of the cameras used to capture that will be on exhibit at the Studio, which will occupy the last floor at IMS Paulista.

São Paulo: Three Visual Essays

São Paulo: três ensaios visuais

São Paulo: Three Visual Essays

Vincenzo Pastore. Men talking on a park bench. Sâo Paulo, c. 1910 (IMS Collection)


Sep 20, 2017 – Dec 29, 2019


Guilherme Wisnik, assisted by Marina Frúgoli

Info in Portuguese

Curated by Guilherme Wisnik with the assistance of Marina Frúgoli, the projection that inaugurates the Studio, a space that allows for the digital access of IMS' photographic archives, is dedicated to the city of São Paulo. With a running time of approximately 30 minutes, São Paulo, three visual essays redeems key characters in the city, with photographs taken in 1862, such as the ones by Militão Augusto de Azevedo, then onwards through the 20th Century, with shots by Alice Brill, and finally through the 21st century, with pictures by Mauro Restiffe, among others.

The visual communication of the city is presented since the painted walls of the 19th century to its neon lights and billboards by the 20th and 21st centuries. The visual essay also accompanies the grand transformations the city has gone through. Within the course of a hundred years, São Paulo, which started out as a village, transformed into one of the world's greatest metropolis. Besides work from photographers in the IMS archives such as Vincenzo Pastore, Hildegard Rosenthal and Thomaz Farkas, the exhibit also has pieces by Vasconcellos, Cristiano Mascaro, Tuca Vieira, Tatewaki Nio, Raul Garcez, João Musa and Josef Bernardelli.

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 10am-8pm. Thu 10am-10pm, except on Holidays. Closed on Mondays. Rare books are not available on Sundays. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

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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. For the cinema, tickets can be bought at the Praça IMS counter or online through Prices range depending on the film. For concerts, courses and other events, tickets will either be sold online through or given away for free half an hour before the scheduled activity time. 


General information


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.


Backpacks, umbrellas, photography flashes and tripods, selfie sticks, shopping carts and shopping bags must be stored in our free locker spaces.

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 Tuesdays to Saturdays 12pm-11pm, and 12pm-5pm on Sundays and holidays. IMS Paulista closes on Mondays.


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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. The 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.