Drive-in art gallery opens in Sao Paulo amid coronavirus
Updated 19:56, 26-Jul-2020

With galleries and museums shuttered for the coronavirus pandemic, a Brazilian art gallery owner decided to adapt the culture of drive-in movies to the visual arts and inaugurated a drive-thru exhibition in Sao Paulo.

"DriveThru.Art" displays artworks by various artists on 18 panels measuring 10 meters wide and five meters high in a huge shed that once housed a metallurgical business.

Viewers can visit only inside a car. The cost is 40 reais (eight U.S. dollars) per car, with up to four people. For those who do not have a car, the exhibition offers one that can accommodate up to three people, for the same price.

Tickets can be obtained on a website and the ticket provides information on the artworks, which will be on display through August 9. The show is open from 1 to 9 p.m. every day except Monday and Tuesday.

"Although it is from a car window, you still have contact (with art)," said Luis Maluf, curator of the exhibition and owner of the Luis Maluf Art Gallery.

Visitors make a circuit of the shed that takes approximately one hour. Only 20 cars are allowed in the shed at one time to prevent built-up of deadly gases from the vehicles' exhausts. For health safeguards, no one can get out of a car.

Viewers scan a QR Code to access audios that explain the works. On the panels, there are paintings, photographs, videos and graffiti that deal with social themes, such as representation of Black women and preservation of the environment.

The artworks were created during the coronavirus pandemic, which in Brazil already has resulted in more than two million confirmed cases and more than 85,000 deaths.

"Art brings reflections and very important discussions, especially during this chaos that we are experiencing," Maluf said.

Source(s): AP