MASP, São Paulo, Brazil

MASP, São Paulo, Brazil

Client: Julio Neves
Type of works: SCL SR PS4, protective film was specified.

Built in the 1960s by architect Lina Bo, MASP, the São Paulo Art Museum, is one of the city’s premier attractions. Works by the most famous artists of all time can be seen in the museum, including Picasso, Renoir, Cezànne, and others. Museum management sought to revitalize the museum’s appearance and better protect its priceless works of art and at the same time preserve the building’s original design.

The president of the museum, Julio Neves, also happens to be a renowned architect. Working in conjunction with Paulo Duarte, a Brazilian glass-industry expert, Neves decided his best option was to have LLumar safety film with scratch-resistant coating installed on the building’s exterior windows. The clear film offered the protection Neves sought without altering the building’s appearance or darkening its interior spaces.

The installation exceeded Neves’s expectations. “LLumar protective film allows the same light transmission specified in the original project, thus not interfering with the way visitors will perceive the works of art,” Neves said. “The film’s UV absorption properties also provide excellent protection for the exhibits.” Paulo Duarte highlights another advantage: “Should the glass break, LLumar will stop it from shattering and keep the glazing in place.”

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