Families assemble Nativity scenes in MAS / SP

United by emotional bonds, guests show their representation of the greatest moment of renewal of faith.

Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo – BUT/SP, institution of the Department of Culture and Economy of the State of São Paulo Creative, a follow up to the anniversary celebrations of her Golden Jubilee to be completed in June 2020, displays "Nativity scenes of life - a story of peace!”, its annual exhibition of nativity scenes, under the curatorship of Chris Ayrosa, with 29 representative assemblies of the Nativity scene, from different sources, provenances, times, materials and styles, assembled from parts of the Museum, or personal collection, with personalized setting for a group of guests.


By accepting the invitation to become the curator of the now traditional exhibition, Chris Ayrosa He recalled the importance of the "family" as the main theme for the participants called for it as, "for me, It represents the start and reason for everything ". "She promptly introduced a concept that, at the same time, refer adults to their memories as it brings the children to participate in a remarkable opportunity to build their memories: assemble a crib, not at home, but one full of evocations environment ", emphasizes José Carlos Marcal de Barros, Executive Director of MAS / SP.

Kids, adults, people, family, each guest joined loved ones and, in a moment of unity of feeling and spirit, sought a single format to present the birth scene of Jesus. Using parts of the acquis MAS / SP, of nationalities and different times, made from different materials such as clay, wood, paper, fabric, baked clay, burlap and other. The show is the result of a collective effort, where each guest, next to a loved one, open your heart and represents the universal story of Jesus' birth. Much of the work was chosen through open selection to the public. It was also offered the option for guests to bring their own nativity scenes which resulted in a plural shows, but good taste and harmony.


The term derives from the Latin manger, means the place where the cattle are collected, stable, corral, stable. In the Christian culture, Jesus is laid in a manger, which in Latin is said sTALL, from which comes our word crib. According to the Bible, St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary were on a trip, by reason of Galilee Census, when they stopped for the night on the outskirts of Bethlehem.

historically, we have the first crib was assembled by Saint Francis of Assisi, at Christmas 1223. The friar organized and staged the nativity scene in Greccio forest (commune in the Lazio region). His intention was to explain to simple people the meaning of it was the birth of Jesus Christ. From the eighteenth century, the tradition to assemble the crib within the family house, became popular throughout Europe and, shortly thereafter, in other regions of the world.

"The nativity scene is part of the smooth and demanding process of transmitting the faith."
Pope Francis in a letter of December 2019

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Exhibition: Nativity scenes of life - a story of peace "
Guests: Alcyone Albanians, Aldo Brugnera, Alodia Guimarães, Ana Cury, Bel Cury, Bia Doria, Bianca Boeckel, Caio Andreazza, Cassiana Sauer, Celso Kamakura, Chris Ayrosa, Cristina Ferraz, Filomeno Daniela, Eva Soban, Gabriela Medeiros, Guilherme Carrara, José Carlos Marcal de Barros, Juliana Ayrosa, Carol Ayrosa, Karina Dale, Marcelo Sampaio Ramos, Miló Martins, Death Moraes, Morena Leite, Joca Guanaes, Pedro Paulo Afonso, Rosana Ayrosa, Sergio Madame Guillotine, Sueli Adorni, Gata e Vera Wagner Stancampiano.
Curated By: Chris Ayrosa
Opening: 7 th December 2019, Saturday, às 11h
Period: 8 th December 2019 to 5 January 2020
Local: Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo – www.museuartesacra.org.br
Address: Avenida Tiradentes, 676 -Light, São Paulo (Tiradentes station of subway)
Tel.: 11 3326-5393 -scheduling / educational guided tours
Timetables: From Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 às 17h | Crib Napolitano: from 10 às 11h, and from 14h to 15h
Entrance: R$ 6,00 (One piece) | R$ 3,00 (Half national entry for students, private school teachers and I.D. Young – upon proof) | Free Saturdays | exemptions: children up to 7 years, adults from 60, public school teachers, disabled people, ICOM members, police and military – upon proof
Techniques: several
Number of works: 29


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The Museum

The Sacred Art Museum of Sao Paulo, institution of the Department of Culture and Economy of the State of São Paulo Creative, It is one of the most important of its kind in the country. It is the result of an agreement signed between the State Government and Mitra Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, in 28 October 1969, and its installation date 29 June 1970. Since then, the Museum of Sacred Art of São Paulo came to occupy wing of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Light, on Avenida Tiradentes, downtown São Paulo. The building is one of the most important monuments of colonial architecture São Paulo, built of rammed earth, rare remaining example in the city, last farm convent city. It was listed by the Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute National, in 1943, and the Council for the Defense of Heritage, Architectural artistic and the State of São Paulo, in 1979. It has much of its collection also listed by IPHAN, since 1969, whose priceless heritage includes relics of stories in Brazil and worldwide. The Sacred Art Museum of Sao Paulo holds a vast collection of works created between centuries 16 and 20, counting with rare specimens and significant. There are more than 18 thousand items in the collection. The museum has works of recognized names, as Frei Agostinho da Piedade, Frei Agostinho de Jesus, Antonio Francisco Lisboa, the "Aleijadinho" and Benedito Calixto de Jesus. Noteworthy are also the collections of nativity scenes, silverware and jewelery, Lampadarios, furniture, altarpieces, altars, clothing, liturgical books and numismatic.

Chairman of the Board of Directors – José Roberto Marcelino dos Santos

CEO – José Carlos Marcal de Barros
Director of Planning and Management – Luiz Henrique Neves Marcon
Museologist - Beatriz Cruz

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