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Fire destroys part of oldest university museum in Brazil following a failed safety inspection

Police are investigating a 15 June blaze at the Museum of Natural History and Botanical Gardens of the University of Minas Gerais, home to more than 260,000 works of folk art and ethnographic objects

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Brazil

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro appoints actor Mário Frias the new secretary of culture, sparking controversy

Frias is the fifth person to hold the role since Bolsonaro dissolved the ministry of culture after his election in 2019

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Protest

'Impeach Bolsonaro': artist hangs black cloths on Brazilian Embassy in Paris to protest against president

Julio Villani's banners symbolise his “ongoing determination, revolt and despair” at the Brazilian leader's handling of the coronavirus crisis

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Obituaries

Brazilian artist Abraham Palatnik has died from coronavirus, aged 92

As the inventor of kinechromatic art, leaves behind "an ineffable legacy"

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coronavirus

Coronavirus threatens the Yanomami community that Brazilian artist Claudia Andujar has devoted her career to protecting

As Covid-19 continues to spread in Latin America, Brazil's Indigenous peoples are at risk more than ever due to lack of government protection

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coronavirus

Brazilian galleries and museums to remain closed despite Bolsonaro's draconian stance on coronavirus

As the Brazilian president calls for businesses to re-open despite a growing number of Covid-19 cases, some refuse to follow "politically-influenced" advice

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coronavirus

SP-Arte suspends forthcoming edition as Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro gets tested for coronavirus

Fears about the spread of Covid-19 are growing just weeks after the country's Carnival festivities ended

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Exhibitions

São Paulo show to explore how samba transformed the work of Hélio Oiticica

Exhibition at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand will kick off a year of shows celebrating the influence of dance on artists

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Inhotim Institute

Bernardo Paz, collector and founder of Inhotim art park, cleared on charges of money laundering

A Brazilian federal court unanimously acquitted the billionaire mining magnate of allegedly siphoning off millions meant for his non-profit

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Bienal de São Paulo

The 34th edition of the Bienal de São Paulo explores ‘calls to resilience’

The biennial launches this month with “kunsthalle-sized” exhibitions ahead of the main show in September

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Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro appoints conservative novela star Regina Duarte the new culture secretary

Duarte has been critical of the Rouanet Law, a federal cultural incentive, despite benefitting from it

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Exhibitions

Paris exhibition shines light on Brazilian photographer Claudia Andujar and the plight of indigenous peoples

As the Yanomani way of life is threatened once again, we hear from the photographer ahead of a major show at the Fondation Cartier

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Brazil

Brazil's culture secretary dismissed after channeling Joseph Goebbels in video promoting national arts prize

Roberto Alvim, a former theatre director, is a die-hard supporter of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro

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Exhibitions

Sculptor Gego closes Brazil museum’s year of women artists

São Paulo survey at Masp shows work by one of the leading figures of the 1950s kinetic and geometric abstraction movement

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Environment

Ai Weiwei confronts Amazon destruction in new film work

Dissident artist is exploring the disappearance of the Brazilian rainforest alongside China’s growing influence in South America

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Museums

Rio Art Museum could close due to lack of federal funding

Two directors left the museum last week, and 126 employees have received a dismissal notice

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Brazil

Rio de Janeiro’s Unesco-listed slave wharf receives nearly $2m for renovation

Meanwhile, a forthcoming museum dedicated to the history of the site has faced severe delays

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National Museum of Brazil

Phoenix project rises amid the wreckage of Brazil’s National Museum blaze

The museum is seeking $30m to reopen one wing in 2022 for the bicentennial of Brazilian independence

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Brazil

Inhotim's attendance stabilises months after tragic collapse of nearby mining dam

The arts and botanical centre is a vital source of economic welfare for the rural region

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Exhibitions

Tarsila dethrones Monet as São Paulo museum's most popular exhibition

A retrospective devoted to the Brazilian Modernist was part of a yearlong focus on female artists

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Brazil

Brazilian secretary of culture resigns over government's censorship of LGBTQ+ productions

Henrique Pires says the government has more important issues to deal with than two men kissing on television

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Brazil

Unesco visit brings new growth to Roberto Burle Marx’s home and garden

Brazil funds major renovation of landscape architect's lush estate, which could become a World Heritage site in 2020

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Brazil

Bolsonaro hires far-right theatre director to lead federal arts oganisation

Roberto Alvim, who is calling for a conservative artists' database, will close his São Paulo theatre after claiming he was persecuted over political views

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Biennials & festivals

São Paulo biennial ups its budget for a huge 2020 edition

The 34th exhibition will involve collaborations with more than 20 cultural institutions in the city and multiple openings throughout the year

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Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s museums dodge Bolsanaro’s cultural funding caps—at least for now

The Rouanet Law, which the Brazilian leader claims enables corruption, was amended in an official announcement

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Museums & Heritage

Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum requests emergency funding for recovery efforts after fire

As pieces of its ancient Egyptian collection are salvaged, the museum’s director says it can no longer afford storage facilities

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Brazil

Archaeological trove discovered beneath zoo heads to Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum

More than 30,000 imperial artefacts were found in the nearby RioZoo last week

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Museums & Heritage

São Paulo's new millionaire governor João Doria proposes massive cuts to culture budget

Museums and cultural institutions in the Brazilian state prepare for closures and cancelled programmes

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Museums & Heritage

Cause of Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum fire revealed

An overheated air conditioning unit was the starting point of the inferno that destroyed the building last year

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Art fairs

SP-Arte opens with a bright mood and sunny outlook on the market

Sales were slow—and stayed mostly inside the Brazilian circuit—but the trade remains optimistic

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Brazil

Brazil’s art market emboldened by Bolsonaro as São Paulo's SP-Arte fair opens

Controversial president’s economic reforms may prove a boost for the country’s art market, despite worries about censorship

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Exhibitions

Ernesto Neto's São Paulo retrospective to present interactive installations with an indigenous focus

Exhibition includes Brazilian artist’s large-scale, immersive sculptures, and his work with the Huni Kuin people

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Exhibitions

Masp retrospective to explore Lina Bo Bardi's legacy and influence on Brazilian art

The Italian architect, who made Brazil her "adopted home", designed the eclectic São Paulo museum in the late 1940s

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Disasters & destruction

Inhotim arts centre reopens in wake of deadly Brazilian dam collapse

As one of the biggest employers in the area, the vast open-air culture complex wants to support victims

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Met receives donation of ten ‘exceptional’ colonial Latin American works out of the blue

The São Paulo collector James Kung Wei Li, whose father was a Chinese ambassador in South America, says the donation is his family’s repayment for American educational largesse

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Rio’s Museum of Modern Art finally sells Pollock for around $13m

For a struggling institution, the price is short of earlier estimates

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Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro’s government extinguishes Brazilian ministry of culture

The departments of culture, sports and social development have merged

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Artists

Louise Bourgeois’s Spider crawls across Brazil

The colossal work, one of the first arachnid sculptures the artist made, has embarked on a multi-city tour

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Brazil

Brazil’s National Museum closes the year on a poignant note

With partnerships with the Smithsonian and Google as well as donations, the institution soldiers on

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Brazil

Art collector and Credit Suisse head José Olympio da Veiga Pereira is the new president of São Paulo biennial foundation

The organisation oversees the city’s international exhibition, as well as the country’s representation at the Venice Biennale and other projects

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The Year In Review

Vik Muniz: My advice to fellow artists in the face of grim political times

Brazil’s cultural sector must respond to hard-right politics by reconnecting with the wider community

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Brazil's artists and galleries fight back at Art Basel Miami Beach

Country's galleries are out in force at the fair after far-right Jair Bolsonaro's election

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Museums & Heritage

Rain threatens recovery effort at Brazil’s National Museum

Meanwhile, the museum partners with a Chinese tech firm to digitise its catalogued collection

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Politics

The art world reacts to Brazil’s new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro

The former army captain's apparent leanings toward authoritarianism and his fundamentalist views have arts professionals feeling wary

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Brazil

‘Brazil’s Donald Trump’ Jair Bolsonaro may thwart efforts to rebuild Rio museum destroyed in fire

New far-right president wants to remove the country’s ministry of culture

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Frieze London 2018

Francis Upritchard: the confessions of a magpie Kiwi

The New Zealand-born artist’s show at the Barbican Art Gallery reflects her diverse approach to materials, including a rare Brazilian rubber called balata

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National Museum in Rio starts rebuilding efforts with temporary exhibitions

While most of its collection is still buried under rubble, the institution begins the long road to restoration with displays of stored works that were spared from the fire

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What will it take to restore Rio's National Museum to its former glory?

This will be no easy task and will require a broad coalition of forces

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Kindling for the fire: why Brazil’s lost research archives are irreplaceable

Much more was lost than objects and papers when the National Museum burned down

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Bienal de Sao Paolo 2018

Little known Modern artists struggling with mental health find a place in the Sao Paulo biennial

Swedish artist Mamma Andersson brings marginalised practitioners, including Chicago recluse Henry Darger, to the fore

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Protesters decry neglect after Brazilian museum fire

Amid melee at National Museum, museology students begin project to digitise the institution

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Massive fire devastates the National Museum of Brazil

Budget cuts and negligence blamed for the blaze

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Brazil

After the loss of its convicted founder, the Inhotim Institute carries on

The arts park maintains momentum as Bernardo Paz appeals a nine-year sentence for laundering donations

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Brazil

Censored queer art show reopens to record-breaking crowds in Rio

The exhibition was revived thanks to one of the country’s biggest crowdfunding campaigns, which raised more than $250,000

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Conservation & Preservation

Why using lasers to clean feathers is not a bird-brained idea

Conservators have used the method on a ceremonial cape made by the Tupinambá—a cannibalistic tribe from Brazil

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São Paulo museum wins court fight against Brazilian airport’s steep cargo fees on Tate Modern loans

The ministries of culture and transportation are now setting up a commission to create clear guidelines for objects coming into the country for cultural events

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Exhibitions

Largest show of contemporary African art in Brazil opens latest leg of tour

Exhibition at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil mixes "traditional and modern, colonial and post-colonial, local and global"

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Art market

As Brazil turns a corner, will local market follow?

São Paulo galleries have survived the country’s crises with a mix of adaptation and collaboration

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Exhibitions

New York welcomes Tarsila—the high priestess of Brazil’s Modernist cannibals

Recent appreciation of artist challenges “illusion that we have come to terms with variety of Modern art”

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Exhibitions

Battle for Basquiat: exhibition opens to huge crowds in São Paulo after prevailing in tussle between museums

Two major shows had been planned but only Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil's is taking place after Masp cancelled

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Ethics

Should museums display human remains from other cultures?

Vienna’s Weltmuseum criticised for displaying a trophy head

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Law

Brazilian collector Bernardo Paz, founder of Inhotim art park, receives prison sentence

He denies money laundering charges, saying non-profit organisation is audited and operates independently from his companies

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Women Artists

Women artists lead the way in Brazil

Unlike their Western counterparts, female Brazilian artists are at the forefront of the market

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Christie's

Christie’s pulls works from Latin American auction after ‘forgery’ concerns

Ten items from one collection withdrawn from New York auctions

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Books

Impressive publication on the anonymous 'RA' collection of Chinese porcelain

Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos' three-volume catalogue is painstakingly researched and beautifully presented

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François Pinault

Pinault sends his collection across the globe

Modern and contemporary works are on the way to Korea and Brazil

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Exhibitions

MoMA announces Lygia Clark exhibition

The show will be the first North American retrospective of the artist

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Crime

Found: paintings from the collection of Brazilian money launderer

A Léger and a Basquiat belonging to Edemar Cid Ferreira have been identified

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Sao Paulo biennial

Sao Paolo XXIII Biennale: A Biennale in search of magicians, new, old and semi-old

Bringing together Picasso and Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois and Basquiat, Lam and the new Latin Americans, Jean-Hubert Martin and Achille Bonito Oliva