culture

Museu da Imagem e do Som (Image and Sound Museum) at Copacabana

A couple of weeks later than my last post, I share with you a photo of the new building of Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) , Image and Sound Museum of Rio, on Avenida Atlântica, at Copacabana beach.

The new MIS building is still under construction and is supposed to be ready by June, 2016, but you can already see a little bit of its architecture and imagine how it is going to be when it is ready.

This new Image and Sound Museum is meant to be a contemporary museum and culture center hosting exhibitions to provide the visitors “a journey throughout the cultural history of Rio”.

The Museum is currently working in its old building in Lapa neighborhood, but that aren’t many events going on there. The Museum’s staff is focused in the preparation  of the Museum’s collection for the new Copacabana building.  So if you are in Rio right now, unfortunately you won’t be able to see the Museum’s collection for yourself, but if you got interested and curious about this Museum, check its website and Facebook page.

But if you are planning to come for the Olympic Games, maybe you should consider on your planning a quick visit to this Museum!!

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The Museum of the Indian – Museu do Índio in Botafogo

Today, April 19th, we celebrate Indian Day in Brazil , so as a tribute to all my indian ancestors I share with you the quick visit I paid some weeks ago to The Museum of the Indian in Botafogo.

If you happen to know a brazilian in your lifetime, ask about his origin. I dare to say almost 100% sure that his answer will be that somewhere looking back at his family tree, there is an indian ancestral in his genealogy (unless he is from an immigrant family) . Brazilian people are highly miscigenated. Portuguese, italians, and all the immigrants that came to Brazil to build their lives here had in some point of their family married indians or afrodescendants. I myself has a mix of  50% italian-afrobrazilian-indian + 50% portuguese-indian blood. That’s why I think that I got curious about visiting Museu do Índio, (Museum of the Indian) in Botafogo neighborhood. This “museum” is hidden in an elegant 19th-century mansion  in the quiet street Rua das Palmeiras in the heart of Botafogo. This museum is a cultural and scientific agency of the Fundação Nacional do Índio(National Foundation of the Indian) or FUNAI, and its main aim is to promote awareness of the importance of the indigenous cultures.

During my visit there I was completely by myself, except from the guards and from a man who arrived after me. I kept thinking how many of cariocas might already have visited this museum. Maybe not too many. Looking at the visitors notebook, I saw names of visitors from Portugal, Canada, German, but my name was the only one from Rio. Brazilians don’t have a very strong tradition in visiting museums,  and unfortunately Brazilian government don’t make great investments in Culture in general.

It was clear to me that the museum has difficulties to maintain itself. There was no one to receive me or to offer a brochure with a little guide to the museum. I got a little lost, until I discovered where to go first.   There are no signs in English, there are few of them even in portuguese. It doesn’t compare to any of the great museums of New York, London or Paris, but that  doesn’t mean that it is not worth the visit. Besides all of this, it is so interesting to visit a place that tries to keep the history and the memory of one of the people who were the first Brazilians, have a rich culture and knowledge about Nature. Unfortunately now, there are just a few of them.   IMG_3101 IMG_3135 IMG_3103 IMG_3107 IMG_3110 IMG_3111 IMG_3120IMG_3132Museu do Índio – Rua das Palmeiras 55, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro – Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 1pm to 5 pm.

Asking for an expert about Rio Street Carnival

As I told you before, when talking about Carnival, Rio street carnival is really not my field! So I invited my dear friend Tatá Troiano, an event promoter for Pimentaz Produções, and a carnival expert : ) to share with us some smart tips of how enjoying the most of Rio Street Carnival, the “blocos de carnaval”!

She gently answered my questions based in her personal experience of jumping in Rio Blocos that I share with you bellow.

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Tatá , my friend, and her boyfriend wearing their carnival costumes inspired in the movie “Cast Away”, in Carnival 2014

1-How long have you been spending Carnival in Rio’s “blocos de carnaval” ? For the last 5 years.

2-Do you ever wear carnival costumes to go to the “blocos”? How do you usually dress to join the street party?  I always play a character when I jump in a bloco, that’s one of the most exciting part of Carnival! The kind of costumes I dress, depends on the “Bloco” I’m going to. There are some blocos that people takes costuming really serious, and that I dress up completely but in some others I just improvise with some carnival acessories, like a mask or a piece of colorful clothing.

3-Which are the best “blocos” to enjoy the street carnival, in your opinion? Definitely the ones that begins in the early morning and that are not so popular among the public in general.  My favourites are Céu na Terra (Santa Teresa), GB Bloco (family friendly “bloco” in Laranjeiras), Me beija que eu sou cineasta (Gávea) and Fogo e Paixão (Centro).

4- Which ones are the worst? The ones that are a waste of time? Well, in my opinion the most popular ones are kind of a waste of time. The more popular the bloco is, the more crowded it would be, which can be very annoying. Cordão do Bola Preta, Banda de Ipanema, Cordão do Boitatá, Monobloco are some of them.

5-How many days do you join the blocos during carnival? Usually I go three days during carnival, but I also like to go to those pre-carnival blocos, the ones that happens before the official carnival.

6-How do you prepare yourself for the carnival marathon? Any special tip ? Keep in mind that carnival is held in the peak of summer, so the heat in a bloco can be really bad. So I drink a lot of water! Drinking water is very important not to dehydrate. A nice idea is to carry with you a bottle of water if possible. I also wear light and confortable clothes. No high heels! Shorts and sneakers are the perfect combination. It is more important to feel yourself confortable than being fancy! I don’t leave home without putting sunblock all over the body and having a nice meal before. I always try to carry with me a fruit or cereal bar in case I get hungry and I can’t find  anything to eat!

7-How do you recharge your batteries when arriving home after spending the whole day dancing in the blocos? Nothing better than a cold shower and put my feet up!

8-If you would give an advice for a first-timer in Rio street carnival, what would you say? Have always company close to you, do not drink too much alcohol and don’t go to the blocos by car.

9- How do you usually get around to arrive in the blocos? By subway, taxi or walking.

10- How men usually behave to single women in the blocos? There are always the flirtatious ones acting inconvenient behaviour, but most of the guys are there for the fun. For those with inconvenient attitude , keep them at arm’s lenght and walk the other way (laughs), but always with a smile on your face, after all it is carnival and kindness generates kindness. ; )

11- What do you carry with you when going to a bloco? The basic, just money and cellphone, hidden in the pockets.

 12- Have you ever been in a bad situation while playing in a bloco? No, never!! Rio Street Carnival is all about fun, get in the mood and you will have a great time!

The Art of Dalí at CCBB

After missing the Roen Mueck exhibition at MAM (Museum of Modern Art of Rio), that ended last sunday, I decided that as soon as the Salvador Dalí exhibition started at CCBB I would go!

Dalí has never been my favourite artist, but I just couldn’t miss the opportunity of seeing his art in a museum in Rio. So yesterday afternoon I headed to downtown Rio, to pay a visit to CCBB and check for myself this exhibition. I rather go to those art exhibitions by myself, so that I can appreciate the paintings or works of art, take my photos and enjoy the whole experience in my own rhythm.

I remember how much I didn’t like Dalí when I was younger. I just couldn’t understand his art. But this time I was decided to give him a second chance. And I didn’t regret it. I was delighted to know a little more about his work and life and got very surprised to know that his art didn’t resume to those crazy surrealist paintings.

This exhibition presents approximately 150 pieces of Dalí’s art, among them paintings, drawings, illustrations and photos.

I got hypnotized by his talent and exotic personality and very surprised to know that his art was influenced by Picasso ( my favourite artist).

So if you are around Rio and want to take a little break from all this World Cup and football talking , visit CCBB, and enjoy this beautiful exhibition for free.

The exhibition is on until September 22nd at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro). Wednesdays to Mondays – 9am to 9pm.

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A Book Sanctuary in Rio, the National Library

There are some things that I would never understand in my life. And not visiting the National Library of Rio de Janeiro along the many  years I was a student is one of them.

As a book lover, libraries always fascinated me. I don’t know why I but I always found them charming!

When I was at College I used to spent a lot of time in many of them doing researches or just studying. And the only reason I find for not having visited the National Library in that time was the distance from the university campus to downtown Rio, where the National Library is situated.

In fact, I had already been to the National Library hall but never in any of the many reading rooms, and that’s why I was so frustrated about it.

But the week before I took my mini vacation, after running errands in downtown I decided to tick off from my list of places to visit and attended a guided tour in the National Library of Rio de Janeiro.

It was great to learn a little more about the history of the library and I got very impressed to know that it is considered the largest library in Latin America.

A gentle guide leaded us through the main rooms of the library explaining from the architecture of the building to curiosities about the huge collection of the library.

It was one hour of culture and history!!!

For anyone visiting Rio and interested in learning a little more about the historical Rio de Janeiro should visit it and take this tour. They provide the guided tour every hour from 10 am to 5 pm, from monday to friday, in the following languages: english, spanish and french.

Unfortunately it is not allowed to take photos during the tour.  Those pictures bellow I took in the Main Hall after our guided tour ended.

Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro – Avenida Rio Branco, 219 – Cinelândia – Rio de Janeiro

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