The Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM-SP) confirmed this week the election of the lawyer, collector and former professor at Insper, Mariana Guarini Berenguer, for the presidency of the museum’s board for the 2019-2021 biennium. She will replace Milú Villela, who was elected President of Honor after a 24-year term at the head of the institution.
“Milú has transformed MAM into a vibrant and successful institution. Now I have the mission to continue this powerful project, looking for new ways of expanding the museum”, stated Berenguer in an official statement. “We will go through a learning period and then we will present our proposals for this new phase of the institution.”
Founded in 1948 and based in Parque Ibirapuera since 1968, MAM brings together pieces of modern art and, mainly, contemporary art. The collection of around 5 works includes works by Candido Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Victor Brecheret, Lívio Abramo, Mira Schendel, Lygia Pape, Leonilson, León Ferrari, Thomaz Farkas, German Lorca, Nelson Leirner and many others.
Milú Villela assumed the presidency of MAM in 1995 and promoted several changes in the institution, intensifying the acquisition of works, the educational area and the sponsors and associates program. For Berenguer, “it is an honor and a great responsibility to assume a museum that has become a reference for the Brazilian cultural scene. We will work to further strengthen the museum at a time when culture is going through great challenges in the country”.