Brazil

Southern Brazil’s museums and historical sites threatened by torrential rains and flooding

In the past month, record rainfall has wreaked havoc on the state of Rio Grande do Sul

Brazil’s National Museum receives donation of more than 1,100 fossils—including those of rare dinosaurs

The museum has been slowly rebuilding ever since an electrical fire devastated its building and collection in 2018

19th-century book stolen from Brazilian museum in 2008 is located in London and repatriated

The 1823 naturalist tome describes species of monkeys and bats unique to the Amazon

Frieze New York doubles down on local galleries and artists for latest edition

The fair’s organisers have partnered with organisations across the city while New York dealers have a major presence

Brazil reflects on ‘five centuries of invasion’ with all-Indigenous Venice pavilion

Artists focus on the legacy of colonialism and the ongoing challenges their people face

Authenticity of Tarsila do Amaral painting shown at SP-Arte called into question

A leading Brazilian auctioneer claims that the painting, which was offered for $3.2m in a private viewing during the fair, is a forgery

SP-Arte’s 20th edition puts the focus on Latin America

While earlier editions saw more global participation, South America’s biggest art fair has become a regional showcase and a more inclusive reflection of Brazilian contemporary art

SP-Arte turns 20—as Brazilian artists and curators take the spotlight at Venice

São Paulo fair’s founder says her efforts are “legitimised” by Adriano Pedrosa being the first South American to curate the Venice Biennale this month

Brazilian galleries Jaqueline Martins and Sé merge to form Martins&Montero

The new joint venture will operate in São Paulo and Brussels, opening with solo shows of 2024 Venice Biennale artist Jota Mombaça

Archaeologists in Brazil find petroglyphs alongside dinosaur tracks

No, this does not mean dinosaurs and humans lived there at the same time

16 new archaeological sites identified in Brazil’s Tocantins state

Newly discovered rock art, including human and animal footprints, is thought to have been created 2,000 years ago

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

Brazilnews

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

Heritageanalysis

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