Brazil goes Dutch!!!


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

Ernesto NetoErnesto Neto, collection: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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 three 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.

MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN presents a dazzling survey of the contemporary art of Brazil. The work of Hélio 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 Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander, Cao Guimaraes and Ricardo Bassbaum. 30 MAY to 23 AUGUST

Visiting Address
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
3015 CX Rotterdam

Phone | Email | Web
T. +31 (0)10 44.19.400

Opening hours
Tuesdays to Sundays
11.00 to 17.00

THE NETHERLANDS ARCHITECTURE INSTITUTE introduces the public to one of the biggest cities in the world: São Paulo. With its melting pot of cultures and identities, São 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 São Paulo, and their dreams for the city. 30 MAY to 23 AUGUST

Visiting Address
Netherlands Architecture Institute
Museumpark 25 3015 CB
Rotterdam Netherlands

Postal Address
P.O. Box 237 3000 AE
Rotterdam Netherlands

Opening Hours
Exhibition Galleries and Sonneveld House
Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00
Sundays and national holidays: 11.00 – 17.00
Closed on Mondays, January 1, April 30 and December 25
Closed on Saturdays in July and August.

Phone | Email | Web
tel. +31(0)10-4401200
fax +31(0)10-4366975

THE NETHERLANDS PHOTO MUSEUM zooms in on the rapidly changing Brazilian visual culture with its mixture of high and low, élitist 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. 30 MAY to 23 AUGUST

Visiting Address
Nederlands Fotomuseum
in Las Palmas Building (gallery 1)
Wilhelminakade 332
NL-3072 AR Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Postal Address
Nederlands Fotomuseum
Postbus 23383
3001 KJ Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday
10:00 to 17:00 hrs
Saturday and Sunday
11:00 to 17:00 hrs

Phone | Email | Web
tel. +31 (0)10-2030405
fax +31 (0)10-2030406

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