Before the implantation of the Exhibition Program, created by Sonia Salzstein in 1990, the plastic art exhibitions at Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP) follow a cartographic design outlined by Gabriel Borba in 1984, where the exhibitions took place inside a delimited spatial structure. Distributed into seven programs/rooms, such as follows: Gallery Room, dedicated to the tradition of painting, drawing, engraving, sculpting; Running Session, created to serve artists who have subscribed without any selection, for short periods of time, from three to five days; Lobby, reserved for periodical exhibitions with works belonging to the collection; Great Room, for invited artists with consolidated careers in the city's artistic circuit; New Expression Room, for artists who worked with experimental languages such as Xerox, video, happening, performance and so on; Mail Art Office, which began with Walter Zanini's donation, that hosted and exhibited mail art proposals; Space 7, intended to the exhibitions of SPCC's other sections, as well as from outside. Such exhibition program lasted for five years, until 1989.
Starting in 1990, SPCC begins one of the longest institutional propositions in the Brazilian cultural environment, the CCSP’s Exhibition Program, an artistic prospection platform which around 500 artists who have been selected since 1990 have used.
Aimed at celebrating this visual arts project intended to artists who are starting their careers and which is a reference in the plastic art circuit around the country, Visual Arts Trusteeship's flagship, Centro Cultural São Paulo presents the commemorative exhibition Retrospective: 25 Years' CCSP's Exhibition Program
The exhibition is based on the Program's basic premise which privileges the dialogue among generations when exhibiting works by emerging (selected) artists next to reputable (invited) artists. The exhibition is made of a set of 43 works belonging to the City's Art Collection by selected and invited artists who have participated in the Program throughout its 25 years of existence and possess works in the collection. A panoramic style exhibition which underlines the inherent relationship existing between the Exhibition Program and the City's Art Collection.
1 Sonia Salzstein, SPCC's Plastic Art Division Director between 1989 and 1992.
2 Gabriel Borba, SPCC's Plastic Art Division Director between 1984 and 1985.