Museum

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.

A word a week challenge – Arch

This week the word picked for the Word a Week Challenge launched by A word in your ear  was “Arch”. The photo I really would like to share with you was the one I posted yesterday for the “Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside”.IMG_3030So, here is my entry! 

The arch in the cannon patio in  Museo Historico Nacional, in Rio de Janeiro. It is the same subject, but in a different point of view. I hope you like it!

IMG_3029I took this photo last saturday in a visit to Museu Histórico Nacional, Rio de Janeiro.

I found this arch a perfect frame for this fountain in one of the inner patios of this beautiful museum that tells a lot about brazilian history.

Have a nice week!

Weekly Photo Challenge: One shot, two ways

One thing I learned when I attended a photography school some months ago was that if I want to photograph in a professional way I must exercise my “photographer’s eye” to find the best shot!

I’m aware I’m really far from becoming a pro but as I really want to improve my photography techniques, I’m trying to practice the most I can.  Shooting the same photo different ways is something I’m starting to do.

Landscape

National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro – Landscape

Portrait

National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro – Portrait

And last week when I visited the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio, as I already told you here I practiced a little.

The first picture was a landscape shot. The subject of the photo was the museum’s room itself. In the second picture, the portrait shot,  I wanted to show the beauty of that work of art in the same room.

All depends on what you want to photograph. From now on, my  motto is “Tell the story with the photo”.