Grupo de Información y Documentación sobre Arte Latinoamericano / Information and Documentation on Latin American Art Group
The Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo is the oldest art museum in São Paulo, SP, Brazil. It is committed to improving the public’s experience with the visual arts by studying, preserving, and exhibiting its collections. In support of this principle, Pinacoteca has maintained an art library since 1959. Initially the library was created to assist Museum staff: curators, researchers, and conservators. Today, the majority of its patrons are students. The organization of the library reflects Pinacoteca’s longstanding interest in promoting research about Brazilian arts.
The library’s collection contains a wide variety of collections from all over the world, including over 30,000 books, periodicals, exhibition catalogs, and auction catalogs. It is particularly rich with material representing the work of Brazilian and Latin American artists, as well as documentation pertinent to the Pinacoteca’s collections. The library’s special collections contain photos, posters, and other ephemera which can be viewed by appointment.
The library has a major responsibility to support the activities of the Museum and one of its major concerns is connecting people to information. The library has since launched a Portal to promote a federated research in all the library’s databases. Link to the portal: http://biblioteca.pinacoteca.org.br:9090/site