Credits: Renato Parada


The exhibition “The House and the City – Crespi-Prado Collection” shows the residential use of the property that today houses the museum, built between 1942 and 1945, and its insertion in a territory of the city that witnessed major urban transformations in the first half of the century 20.

The original residents of the house, the couple Renata Crespi and Fábio Prado, were protagonists in the historical, cultural and urban transformations in the city of São Paulo. Former mayor of São Paulo (1934-1938), Fábio Prado allowed the expansion of the urban fabric towards the Pinheiros River, attracting the elite that were beginning to leave the city center.

The texts by environmentalist Ricardo Cardim and iconographic research in different collections, such as Fundação Energia e Saneamento, Esporte Clube Pinheiros and Casa da Imagem in São Paulo, allow us to identify the transformations that have taken place in this territory where Solar belongs, since the first occupations channeling the Pinheiros River.

The mayor’s urban and cultural actions, his public life and the city of the period are detailed in texts produced by architects and urban planners Carlos Lemos and Maria Ruth Amaral.

The couple’s origins and daily life show their expressive performance in the city’s history. The Solar was characterized from the beginning as a place of meetings, meetings and events of a political and cultural character.

The occupation of the interior is portrayed by photographs, furniture and objects that reveal the couple’s habits, such as offering celebrated dinners and collecting art objects such as porcelain and silverware from different regions of the world, alongside works by Di Cavalcanti, Portinari and Brecheret .

“The family collection of the original residents of the property that houses the Museu da Casa Brasileira has been preserved by the Crespi-Prado Foundation, created by Renata Crespi in 1975. In 1996 there was the first presentation of part of these objects at the MCB. The new exhibition, inaugurated in 2012, contextualizes the collection with a curatorship that has the bias of the characteristic approaches of the areas of vocation of the Museum ”, says Miriam Lerner, director general of MCB.

The social changes, which are revealed in the changes in habits, are explored in the exhibition of the pieces from the collection of the Crespi-Prado Foundation (in lending at the MCB). The modernist artists collected by the couple and the presentation of these works of art in different environments of the residence show the avant-garde attitude of Renata Crespi and Fábio Prado.

This exhibition aims to contribute to the knowledge of an important aspect of the history of São Paulo, and to facilitate the understanding of the relationships between the property, its use, the habits of its residents and the landscape, reviewed from the house and the period of its construction. life as such, the home of the MCB ”, concludes Giancarlo Latorraca, technical director of the Museum.

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