In 1967, the already consolidated Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Masp) changed address. It was placed at the city’s heart, on famous Avenida Paulista, in a building projected by Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi. From project to construction it took 12 years; however, they were worth it the while with the visit of illustrious Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, prince Philip of England, that came for the museum opening. The Queen was surprised with a painting of former Minister Winston Churchill, which Bardi, the museum’s president, said to have been exposed for the first time in history.
The performer was in São Paulo for the first time in September of 1974, when he was 16 years old. At the time, he was part of Jackson Five along with his brothers and had two concerts in Anhembi. The second visit happened in 1993 when Michael held two concerts at Estádio do Morumbi on the Dangerous World Tour.
On March 18th 1990, Cuban president Fidel Castro was in São Paulo to take part in a meeting with businessmen from the Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Cuba and Catholic and Protestant religious leaders, both held at Anhembi’s Palácio das Convenções.
He also joined the first anniversary of Memorial da América Latina celebrations, meetings with city mayor Luiza Erundina and political leaders, and also at the launching of the book “Religião e Democracia”.
After being recognized as a paulistano citizen by city mayor Luiza Erundina, in 1992, Dalai Lama visited São Paulo two more times. In 2006, he conducted lectures and seminars on religious, cultural and scientific themes, and returned in 2011 for the seminar “Convivência Responsável e Solidária” that happened on Anhembi’s Pavilhão Oeste on September 17th.
The city of São Paulo hosted, from May 9th to May 13th 2007, the illustrious visit from Pope Benedict XVI. The reason for the trip was the 5ª Conferência Geral do Episcopado Latino-Americano e do Caribe, which occurred on Aparecida do Norte (São Paulo’s countryside). In São Paulo, the Pope stayed at Mosteiro de São Bento, performing a mass at Campo de Marte for over a million of devoted people, where the canonization ceremony for the first Brazilian Saint, Frei Galvão, took place. He also visited former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva.