Brazil

Daniel Buren takes a world tour with a series of commissions at luxury hotels from Rio de Janeiro to Tuscany

The veteran artist, famous for his bright colours, is creating site-specific installations at hotels this summer

Brazil plans museum devoted to 2023 insurrection

Authorities also began restoration work on art damaged during the ensuing riots

Crime news

Suspect arrested in murder of dealer Brent Sikkema

A detective told local media that police are investigating theft leading to homicide

Valongo Wharf—historic hub of Brazil's slave trade—opens following overdue $400,000 renovation

The Rio de Janeiro site, where one million enslaved Africans disembarked, retains its Unesco World Heritage status

Extreme drought in the Amazon reveals ancient rock carvings

The carvings, which resemble expressive human faces, may be up to 2,000 years old

Mendes Wood DM’s new Paris space boosts the Brazilian-founded gallery’s position within a global market

The gallery's fourth location across three continents has opened on the Place des Vosges in the Marais district

Sallisa Rosa is bringing her largest ceramic installation to Miami Beach and São Paulo

The project, commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary, draws on the artist’s Indigenous heritage to explore collective memory

International galleries and collectors finally returning to Brazil’s ArtRio fair

The fair’s 80 exhibitors include a small but significant coterie of dealers from abroad while Brazilian collectors are out in force

The 2023 Bienal de São Paulo lodges kinetic critiques of racism and environmental degradation

Titled “Choreographies of the Impossible”, the 35th edition of the world’s second-oldest biennial doesn’t dance around charged topics, it dances about them

Bienal de São Paulo opens as Brazilian cultural scene gets Lula rejuvenation

Arts funding in Brazil is being restored under President Lula, with new projects including a transitory “museum” exploring the history of Brazil’s African diaspora

Layout of ancient stilt village in the Amazon may have been based on Pleiades star cluster

A village in Brazil that was in use for around 500 years, until the 10th century, may have been laid out on a celestial schematic

Brazil’s Inhotim Institute opens dedicated Yayoi Kusama gallery

The permanent pavilion includes two of the Japanese artist’s beloved installations

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

Plus, the £50m Joshua Reynolds painting and Michael Heizer’s City

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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