The Matarazzo Hospital was founded more than 100 years ago, a few blocks away from Avenida Paulista, one of the city’s landmarks. It was once the go-to place for healthcare in Brazil, with patient numbers reaching forty thousand. 

Today, the building, one of the architectural symbols of the city, is almost derelict.

All that is going to change, however. In order to mark the beginning of its architectural revitalization, the exhibit “Made by ... Feito por Brazileiros” (Made by...Made by Brazilians) will open its doors on the site on September 9th. Works by Vik Muniz, Tunga, Lygia Clark, Beatriz Milhazes, Francesca Woodman and Joana Vasconcelos will feature alongside the work of other artists. Abandoned for over 20 years, this is the first step in the building’s rebirth,

A complete remodelling of the building will follow. The goal is to create a complex with a 6-star hotel, interior designed by Philippe Starck. The complex will also house cinemas, theaters and spaces for music and fashion. This is an amazing project that seeks to revitalize not only this, but also many of São Paulo’s other abandoned buildings.