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Martin Grossmann

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Full Professor of the  School of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo/ ECA-USP. (since 1993)


    In this University (USP) has also contributed as:

    • Research Co-ordinator of ECA's Multimedia Lab / NICA (from 1994 to 1996);
    • Head of the Department of Information Science (from June to September 2006);
    • Deputy Head of the Department of Information Science (since August 2012)


    Since 1985 has been researching the relationship between Contemporary Art and Art Institutions, in particular the Museum, be it of the Material Culture, be it those related to the Imaginary and Virtuality. Direct results of this research are the platforms: Museum of the (In)consequent Collective and Permanent Forum: Art Museums, between the public and private realms.

    The experiences in Cultural Management has always been supported by research and studies in Curatorship, Cultural Studies, Public Policies, Critical Cultural Mediation; Museum Studies, Criticism, Theory and History of Art and Architecture. The academic research developed since the start of my postgraduate studies in 1985 questions amidst other subjects: the transition from Material Culture to Culture in Virtuality, the relationship between contemporary art and its agents and institutions, the operational system of the Arts and its institutions, the processes of cultural and artistic mediation as well as the development and maintenance of Information Systems for Art and Culture.

    Member of the Board of the Lasar Segall Museum (MLS-Museu Lasar Segall), São Paulo, SP, Brazil

    Member of the Board of the Espírito Santo Museum of Art (MAES-Museu de Arte do Espírito Santo), Vitória, ES, Brazil

    Member of CIMAM - ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art of the International Council of Museums

    Member of  IKT - International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art

    Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.  Main exhibitions: cubed, [ao cubo] Paço das Artes, March-April 1997 (in partnership with Luciana Brito); Brazil in the Art Century, [O Brasil no Século da Arte] April-August 1999, SESI's Art Gallery & MAC-USP; New Work, [Obra Nova] December 2000 to March 2001, MAC-USP; The Collection [A Coleção] (permanent exhibition of MAC's collection), 2001; Strategies for Entrancing , [estratégias para deslumbrar] March-June 2002, SESI's Art Gallery & MAC-USP; Claraluz, one women exhibition by Regina Silveira in the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil / CCBB in São Paulo March-April 2003; Au-delà du Copan; Beyond the Copan, Supernatural Urbanism, November 2005 (in partnership with Carlos Cardenas), École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts & Espace Paul Ricard; Paris, France; Other Objectivity: the São Paulo's Cultural Centre in through the eye's of the artists May-June 2007, Centro Cultural São Paulo; Black & White: Fernando Lemos, February-May 2008, Galeria Olido / Centro Cultural São Paulo   [obs.: exhibitions from 2000 to 2002, in partnership with Teixeira Coelho]. Coordinator of the exhibition Post Nature, nine dutch artists in the Tomie Ohtake Institute , March-April 2003.


    Fine Art degree, FAAP (1983); MA Arts, School of Communication and Arts from the University of São Paulo/ ECA-USP (1987), PhD, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, Great Britain(1988-93) and Associate Professor thesis in ECA-USP (2001).


    Assistant curator and mediator of the 16ª International Bienal of São Paulo (1983). Teaching Assistant in Art and Architecture History in the Fine Art Department of FAAP in São Paulo (1985-87). Teaching Assistant in Art and Architecture History and Tutor in Design of the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool (1990-93). Research Assistant in  the Institut of Art & Design of the University of Central England in Birmingham, Great Britain, developing a multimidia project (1992-93). Lecturer of the MA in Contemporary Art of the University of Liverpool in partnership with the Tate Gallery in Liverpool (1992-3).


    Has written many articles in specialized magazines and also essays in exhibitions catalogs (some of these articles are published in the web, see links below). Has also written chapters and introductions in books.

    Book Editor (with Gilberto Mariotti) of the Museum Art Today, Publisher: Hedra & Forum Permanente, 2011, 222 pages

    Book Editor (with Teixeira Coelho) of the MAC Collection, Publisher: Museu de Arte Contemporânea da USP, 2003, 432pages


    citations, references and documents related to the Centro Cultural São Paulo's directorship period from July 2006 to May 2010

    • article by Maxine Kopsa Learnings from São Paulo, published in the Dutch Contemporary Art Magazine, Metropolis M N° 3 2009 June / July
    • Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) visit to the Centro Cultural São Paulo in March 2009: see report
    • remarks from Emily Ansenk on the Centro Cultural made after the visit to São Paulo of the group from the orientation trip  organised by Mondriaan Foundation and Prince Claus Foundation in March 2009
    • article The Cultural Centre of the City of São Paulo by Martin Grossmann regarding the conclusion of his mandate as General Director of the Centro Cultural São Paulo in May 2010

    on-line texts

    other links

    • Talk to students of the Instituto Europeo de Design in São Paulo presenting the Centro Cultural São Paulo
    • Site of the postgraduate course Urban Interventions thought by Antoni Muntadas, Ana Maria Tavares and Martin Grossmann(ECA-USP & SAP-MIT)
    • debate on anthropological and cultural issues of the work of Yochai Benkler "The Wealth of the Networks" // Advanced Studies Institute of the University of São Paulo (IEA-USP)
    • Round Table: Rio de Janeiro: Ideals of Modernity, Tate Modern, 3 April 2001 / This seminar looked at the culture of Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s, a decade which saw the beginnings of the Neoconcrete movement, Bossa Nova and Cinema Novo.
    • Site of the undergraduate course Introduction to Museum Studies (ECA/USP)
    • Site of the postgraduate discipline thought by Martin Grossmann and Ana Maria Tavares

    the place, the function and the use of art (CAP-ECA/USP)


    Curriculum Lattes (complete academic curriculum) in CNPq:

    Mail Address :

    Escola de Comunicações e Artes

    Universidade de São Paulo

    Av. Prof. Lúcio Martins Rodrigues, 443

    Cidade Universitária

    05508-900  São Paulo  SP


    tel.: +55 11 3091 4076

    fax.: +55 11 3091 4325