Along Avenida Paulista, several other cultural centers are housed in interesting buildings, all of which host free art exhibitions. The FIESP (Federation of Industries of São Paulo State) building is easily recognizable by its wildly sloping ultramodern facade. It is home to the Centro Cultural FIESP (Av. Paulista 1313, Cerqueira César, tel. 11/3146-7405, www.sesisp.org.br/home/2006/centrocultural, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.), which has an art gallery, a theater, and a cinema.
Another major cultural center where something interesting is always going on is the Instituto Itaú Cultural (Av. Paulista 179, Cerqueira César, tel. 11/2168-1700, www.itaucultural.org.br, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat.–Sun.), which is owned by the Itaú bank.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition