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Position and Affiliated Institution

Professor, University of São Paulo



Education and Academic Employment

2016 – present    Academic Coordinator of the University’s Art & Culture Chair, University of São Paulo
2012 – 2016        Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo
2007 – present    Full Time Professor, University of São Paulo
2002 – 2006        Associate Professor, University of São Paulo
1998 – 2002        Deputy Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo
1995 – 2005        Professor, University of São Paulo
1993 – 1994        Assistant Professor, University of São Paulo
1993                      Ph.D. The University of Liverpool, UK
1992 – 1993        Assistant Researcher – Birmingham City University, UK
1987 –                  MA arts University of São Paulo, Brazil
1985 – 1987        Assistant Professor, FAAP-Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, Brazil

Research Topic

The Museum as paradigm and paradox

Fields of Research Interests

Museum Studies, Cultural and Visual Studies, History of Art and Architecture, Display Critique, History of Ideas

Academic Publications
  • Book: Grossmann, Martin and Gilberto Mariotti. Museum Art Today, São Paulo, Forum Permanente & Hedra, pp222, 2011
  • Chapter: Grossmann, Martin. Transformational Curating In: Ann Demeester & Edna van Duyn On curating and Curatorial Education. 3ed.: Apple Arts Center – Amsterdam, p. 74-86, 2013
  • Grossmann, Martin. What do we expect from an art school today? Estudos Avançados Journal, IEA-USP, nº 93, August 2018
  • Grossmann, Martin. Desplazamientos y Reposicionamentos en el Arte: en el paso de lo internacional a lo contextual  [Displacements and Repositions in Art: from the international to the contextual] Errata#5, Bogotá, p 140-167, 2012,
  • Grossmann, Martin. Seducción y Crítica; Arte y Arquitectura en Brasil [Seduction and Critique, art and architecture in Brazil]. Sublime, Barcelona, v. 3, n. 1, p. 18-23, 2003.
Affiliated Academic Organizations
  • Member of the Scientific Board of CALAS- Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, consortium of Latin American and German universities (January 2019-current)
  • Member of the Scientific and Cultural Board of IdEA-Institute of Advanced Studies of UNICAMP-University of Campinas, Brazil (December 2017-current)
  • Member of the Board of the Lasar Segall Museum (MLS-Museu Lasar Segall), São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • Member of ICOM -International Council of Museums Member of  IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art
  • Visiting Fellow of theCluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung of Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany (September 2016 to January 2017
  • Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Birmingham (December 2015 to July 2016)
  • Brazil National Arts Foundation – Funarte grant to organize 4 meetings on Critical Mediation in Contemporary Art: the performance of audiences in four different cities in Brazil (São Paulo, Vitoria, Niteroi and Brasilia), 2016.
  • Brazilian Ministry of Culture publication grant for the Permanent Forum e-Journal (Periódico Permanente), 2012
  • Brazilian Ministry of Culture and São Paulo Biennial publication grant Brazil Contemporary Art Program,for the Permanent Forum Book series 2010
  • Mondriaan Foundation fellowship to visit and research Holland’s Art Museums and art spaces (2001, 2008 and 2009)
  • AECID —Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperationtravel grant to visit and research Spanish Art Museums, Arco Fair and other art institutions (2008)
  • Goethe Institut’s fellowship to visit and research the Documenta-12 curated by Roger Buergel (2007)
  • Goethe Institut’s fellowship to visit and research Art Museums and Institutions in Germany (2005)
  • APCA (São Paulo Art Criticism Association) prize for the best national contemporary art exhibition for Regina Silveira’s one women show Claraluz at CCBB – Bank of Brazil Cultural Center in São Paulo.
  • Canadian Government Fellowship for a research focusing on the relationship between Art Museums and Artist-run Centers in Canada (October 1995)
  • CNPq (Brazilian Research Agency) research grant from 1995 to 1999 to develop the research: Museum as Interface: Culture in the space-time of interactivity. USP-University of São Paulo.
  • WWW Best 95: 3rd place in the Internet World Magazine contest for best internet site (1995): Usponline
  • Brazilian Ministry of Education [CAPES] research grant for the Ph.D. developed at the University of Liverpool, UK, (1988-92)
  • British Council fellowship for a research on UK Art Museums (1988/89)
  • FAPESP [São Paulo State Research Agency] fellowship to the Master’s research project (1986-87)
  • 1986 APM Museology Prize “Paulo Duarte” (São Paulo Museum Association) for the best Museum Educational Programme: Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo
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