Exhibitions

The idea of Brazilian photographers Zeka Araújo and Miguel Hijar is to present a photography exhibition based on Frescobol, the popular Brazilian Beach Tennis sport. Also known as Matkot (from the Hebrew for ‘racquets’), Frescobol is a beach sport created in Rio de Janeiro during the 20th century. One of the sport’s inventors was Millôr Fernandes, a Brazilian intellectual, journalist, writer, comedian and Shakespeare translator. The concept behind the exhibition is to unite art and sport. Where: Embassy of Brazil in London | Gallery 32 When: 9 to 29 September Time: 10am to 6pm

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Young artist makes his London debut with a powerful set of works about daily life. Henrique Kalckmann is a Brazilian painter whose images reflect what for many of us is a normal, day-to-day life, but which is often full of unperceived details. The exhibition’s title is a Tolstoy quote – “In Art, everything is in that ‘nothing’” – and is an indication of what to expect to find in Kalckmann’s work. All Henrique needs to create a piece of art is a simple, everyday image, perhaps from one of his trips. His paintings are infused with references, yet elegant in…

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When visiting the Ema Klabin Foundation, in São Paulo, members of the public, as well as getting to know the house-museum’s rich collection and its architectural beauty, will also be able to pay a visit to another house-museum, by means of video conferencing. The Ema Klabin Foundation, in Jardim Europa, São Paulo, is promoting, up until 3 September, its Ema Visita visitor’s program. Totems installed in the two house-museums will allow visitors to exchange ideas, see artworks, compare styles and generally find out more about each museum and their contents, thanks to the use of video conferencing. For the first…

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Football is a confessed passion of the Brazilian people. Here on the website we have already talked about the history of the Brazilian mania for the sport, in Cristiane Thurm’s article “True football nation” (http://www.bbmag.co.uk/true-football-nation/). So any football loving reader who may be thinking of coming to visit Brazil is absolutely obliged to go and see the Football Museum in São Paulo! The museum, opened in 2008, was built inside the Pacaembu Stadium (official name: Paulo Machado de Carvalho Municipal Stadium). It takes up 6,900 square metres and is a journey into a sport which, despite its British origins, has…

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An aluminium sculpture in London’s Royal Botanic Gardens brings to light a global problem: the worryingly increasing rate of extinction of numerous animals and fauna, including bees. In Europe, one in ten species of Bee are threatened by extinction. This is a result of pesticides, parasites and monoculture farming – the practice of producing only one crop at a time. Bees, and pollination, are a fundamental part of the production process of fruits and flowers – we depend on them to help make our produce healthy and attractive. In London’s Botanic Gardens there is an active program of Bee preservation,…

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The 3rd edition of CompartiArte brings together art and social work CompartiArte is a collection of artworks brought together by the art collectors and entrepreneurs Angela Akagawa and Cleusa Garfinkel, and is an effort to help social entities promote contemporary art. Funds raised from artworks sold at the exhibition go towards UNIBES (Brazilian-Israeli Union for Social Welfare), the charity Share and the Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora Beneficent Association. This year’s exhibit includes works from artists such as Albano Afonso, Caio Reisewitz, Cássio Vasconcellos, Edgard de Souza, Laura Gorski, Nelson Leirner, Sandra Cinto and Thereza Salazar, who donated their paintings specially for…

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The Shakespeare exhibition was in Brazil between February and March, as an opening event for a project from the Brazilian British Centre – “Shakespeare lives”. The project is part of the commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death, and has now come to London, in the Brazil Room of the Embassy of Brazil in London. The exhibition is the work of artist Ellie Kurttz, a Brazilian ex-pat living in London for the past 20 years. One of her most significant pieces of work has been with the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the UK’s biggest and most important…

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Alfredo Volpi was a highly respected Italian-Brazilian painter, who, despite having had his works exhibited in Europe in 1944, is only now receiving his first solo exhibition in London. Volpi was born in Lucca, in Italy, in 1896, but emigrated to São Paulo with his parents when he was two years old. He was a self-taught artist, receiving no formal training, but his prodigious early work left no doubts about his innate abilities, both as a typographer and an interior decorator, and the money earned from this work enabled him to purchase his first set of watercolours. In spite of…

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Once a year, the Museum of Image and Sound, in São Paulo, dedicates a space exclusively to photography exhibitions – both from Brazilian artists and International ones. This year the work of British photographer Martin Parr takes centre stage, with the biggest showcase ever seen in South America. The exhibition Parrtificial, with 244 individual photos, will take up the whole of the first floor of the MIS. Parrtificial shows us the view from behind the camera, exploring unexpected situations and characters and intriguing scenes, whilst mixing fact with fiction. The work is separated into seven parts, so as to help…

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Brazilian photographers Bira, Elisângela and Adriano, renowned for their exceptional photographic portfolio, share their view of reality in the favelas (shanty towns) of Rio de Janeiro, in an exhibition of impactful moving images. The photographs capture moments of life in urban Brazil amidst the backdrop of the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City) and are often on show at the Observatório de Favelas, in Maré, Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition is free and is on show at the Horniman Museum & Gardens, in London. Date: Until 18 September Where: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ More…

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