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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

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

ArtRio forges ahead, making it the first major event to take place in Brazil since the pandemic began

Marking the fair's tenth anniversary, a live event with limited ticketing for collectors continues even as Covid-19 cases climb

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Inhotim cannot use works from its collection to pay off founder's debt, judge rules

The Brazilian arts park signed an agreement in 2016 to donate 20 works from its collection to the government in order to repay Bernardo Paz's $110m tax debt for laundering donations

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Court-ordered auction of works from disgraced Brazilian banker's collection prompts new controversy

The Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo claims it is owed $3.6m for conserving and storing around 1,600 works repossessed from bankrupt Banco Santos president Edemar Cid Ferreira

Jair Bolsonaro, long criticised for anti-black statements, removes a painting of Afro-Brazilian deities from presidential offices

The Brazilian president allegedly requested the removal of Os Orixás by the artist Djanira da Motta e Silva at the behest of his wife, an Evangelical Christian

Unrepresented minority artists get a boost at virtual edition of SP-Arte

In light of recent social shifts, major market events "need to rethink, reinvent and rejuvenate" by including more under-represented classes of artists, director says

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Cinemateca Brasileira, the largest audiovisual institution in South America, under threat by Bolsonaro government

The government has fired all 41 technical staff, who safeguard an important collection of more than 250,000 works

Rescue and assessment efforts underway for gutted Brazilian museum

Maintenance was under par at Museum of Natural History and Botanical Gardens of the University of Minas Gerais

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Bolsonaro appoints son’s former aide the president of the National Arts Foundation as public ministry files lawsuit to remove him

Luciano Querido, trained as an IT technician, has been in the role provisionally since May despite lacking the federal qualifications for the role

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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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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

'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