Exhibiting Four Rotterdam Museums

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Four Rotterdam museums – Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Netherlands Photo Museum and Kunsthal Rotterdam – are bringing the rich culture of Brazil to the city on the Maas.

Brazil Contemporary – Contemporary art, architecture, visual culture and design presents every facet of Brazilian culture in four exhibitions, a publication, and a programme of activities. Brazil Contemporary will run from 30 May to 23 August 2009.

Brazil is inspiring, astounding, amazing. It is one of the largest countries in the world, with vast cities of millions of inhabitants that defy the imagination. Brazil is also developing at breakneck speed and is one of the economic giants of the future. But Brazil has its downside too: the depletion of the rainforest, the enormous contrast between rich and poor, the favelas. These phenomena are culturally reflected in an exciting cocktail of high and low art, of street art and politically committed art, and of different art disciplines and traditional craftsmanship. Brazilian culture will go to your head.

After the success of China Contemporary (2006), the museums have decided to join forces again to focus on a country that has emerged as a global player in economic, social and cultural terms within a short period. Brazil Contemporary presents a broad panorama of Brazilian culture and introduces the public to young Brazilian artists, architects and designers.

Exhibitions

30 May to 23 August 2009

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents a dazzling survey of the unique art of Brazil. The work of Helio Oiticica (1937-1980) occupies pride of place. Oiticica considered that Brazil should not just passively undergo and imitate Western influences, but that artists should transmute these influences into a uniquely Brazilian culture. The exhibition shows to what extent today’s artists are still under the influence of Oiticica, with works by Rivane Neuenschwander, Iran do Esperito Santo, Ernesto Neto, Lucia Koch, Ricardo Bassbaum, Renate Lucas and others.

30 May to 23 August 2009

The Netherlands Architecture Institute introduces the public to one of the biggest cities in the world: Sao Paulo. With its melting pot of cultures and identities, Sao Paulo is the reflection of contemporary Brazil. The exhibition introduces visitors to the mind-boggling size, the social structures and the cohesive forces of this metropolis. There are three intertwining narrative threads. First is the story of a vast city with millions of inhabitants. Then there is the story about life in the city – neighbourhoods, communities and well-known architecture projects by Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, Paulo Mendes da Rocha and others. And finally there is the story of the Paulistanos, the residents of Sao Paulo, and their dreams for the city.

30 May to 6 September 2009

Kunsthal Rotterdam presents young Brazilian designers who are engaged in environmentally friendly and socially sustainable design. The exhibition tries to find an answer to the question of whether there is such a thing as typically Brazilian design.

30 May to 27 September 2009

The Netherlands Photo Museum zooms in on the rapidly changing Brazilian visual culture with its mixture of high and low, elitist and populist, artistic and applied. The exhibition shows not only photography, but also other old and new media, television and internet, with an excursus on fashion and design. -- www.nai.nl

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