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Brazil’s Red List gives green light to federal action on heritage smuggling

President Lula’s government has joined forces with Icom in an effort to halt illegal trafficking of the country’s ancient artefacts

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Brazil’s rising art-world profile brings renewed international attention to SP-Arte, the country’s biggest fair

The 19th edition of SP-Arte features a small but optimistic set of international dealers who say navigating the country’s complicated and expensive customs rules is worth the trouble

The oldest art institution in São Paulo adds a $16m wing for contemporary art

Pinacoteca de São Paulo's new building opens with a show by Haegue Yang

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Art damaged in Brazil's revolt could become part of a memorial

Attack by far-right supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro has left some works of art beyond repair

‘The value of what was destroyed is incalculable’: Brazilian authorities assess artworks damaged by rioting Bolsonaro supporters

An extensive report chronicles the state of objects in the national collection following the riot in Brasília on 8 January

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Arts figures draw a line under Bolsonaro as Lula is sworn in as Brazil's new president

Leftist leader has appointed a culture minister but faces challenges from fundamentalism to funding

Football legend Pelé, a muse for Warhol and street art icon, has died aged 82

Martin Parr and Juergen Teller are among the artists who captured the Brazilian star's gift for friendship and personal diplomacy

Brazilian president-elect Lula appoints Bahian singer Margareth Menezes as culture minister

The singer Gilberto Gil and the politician Juca Ferreira held the role during Lula’s previous presidency

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Maxwell Alexandre forces Inhotim Institute in Brazil to remove his work, citing his ‘embarrassment’ over museum's treatment of Black subject matter

Large-scale paintings were featured without his knowledge in an exhibition at the vast contemporary art venue

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Brazilian president-elect Lula pledged to reboot the country's culture ministry

As Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva prepares to return to office as Brazil’s president, the country’s arts sector eagerly awaits the reinvigoration of the ministry of culture, which Jair Bolsonaro dissolved

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Crisis in the Amazon: Richard Mosse on his monumental video tracking the destruction of the rainforest

The Irish artist’s latest work, on show in London and Melbourne, is the culmination of a three-year project

Brazil’s ArtRio fair returns with a strong domestic focus and stands divided into earthy and maritime pavilions

Brazil's second-biggest fair is back at full scale and in-person after two years of hybrid editions, with modern and contemporary Brazilian art, plus a solo sector curated by collector Ademar Britto

Domestic and global forces have made Brazilian galleries and artists rising powers in the art market

After decades in a semi-insular domestic art market, Brazil's artists and dealers are at the forefront of things

Brazilian arts sector condemns federal culture management amid fears of military dictatorship revival

As the October presidential election looms, the Bolsonaro administration is being scrutinised for its poor support of the cultural sector, while opponent Lula promises reform

Brazil turns 200—and its National Museum rises from the ashes

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After a devastating fire in 2018, the National Museum of Brazil unveils the first stage of its restoration project

As the first stage of the museum’s restoration project is unveiled, coinciding with the Brazilian bicentennial of independence, its director calls for more government investment

Brazilian pavilion: Taking on the country’s recent tragedies

The solo presentation by Jonathas de Andrade is inspired by the educational science fairs he visited as a child

Brazilian Modernist building struck by fire receives Getty conservation grant

The Jorge Machado Moreira-designed architecture and urbanism building of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro has received a $240,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to support the conservation of its archive

São Paulo Bienal foregoes a chief curator in favour of a 'horizontal curatorial model' for 35th edition

The exhibition will be jointly curated by the artist Grada Kilomba, the art historian Manuel Borja-Villel and the curators and critics Diane Lima and Hélio Menezes

Brazil’s Black Art Museum takes up residence at Inhotim sculpture park

Founded by artist Abdias Nascimento, the institution will stage a series of four exhibitions at Inhotim over the next two years

15 seconds of art: Brazil's Instituto Inhotim embraces Instagram

Art space in Belo Horizonte found an innovative way to engage with its audience during the pandemic—and now it's here to stay

São Paulo Bienal echoes the political polarisation in Brazil

The 34th edition of the second longest-running international exhibition reflects on past and present political and social tensions

Museu de Arte de São Paulo plans to tunnel its way through to a new 14-storey building

The Lina Bo Bardi-designed museum in Brazil can currently only display 1% of its 11,000-piece collection

Warehouse of the Cinemateca Brasileira is struck by fire

Lawsuit was filed against the Brazilian government earlier this month citing the imminent risk of a blaze

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Brazilian government suspends federal cultural funding in areas with Covid restrictions

As the country's coronavirus cases spike, a new ordinance temporarily stops support for projects in places that have not yet lifted lockdown measures

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Brazilian sculptor João Turin memorialised with sculpture park in Paraná

The site will “encourage sustainable development that values the fauna and flora of the Brazilian environment—the themes to which Turin dedicated his life”, says collector and businessman Samuel Lago

Enormous vulva sculpture in Brazil sparks conservative outrage

Juliana Notari's work was installed days after President Bolsonaro vowed to never legalise abortion

Rio museum recovers Afro-Brazilian art works confiscated more than a century ago as ‘black magic’

The objects were seized by police from places of worship at a time when the practice of religions such as Candomble and Umbanda was a crime. They will now be housed at the Museu da Republica in Rio de Janeiro and displayed with guidance from religious representatives

Masp announces abridged 2021 programming as museums seek solutions to budget shortfalls

After drastic financial losses due to Covid-19, the Brazilian museum says it will hold a smaller number of shows for longer periods of time and boost its digital offerings