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  • Fevereiro, 03. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    artbotanytamboril

    Leitura: 4 min

    Nature reborns

    Nature reborns

    Forest waste. It is this refined name that ironically defines designer Hugo França’s favorite raw material. Since the late 1980s, he has transformed wood discarded by traditional furniture companies or just naturally condemned into benches, chairs, tables, cupboards, shelves and adornments, referred to as movable sculptures. Among the 1,000 pieces produced so far, 98 are at Inhotim, where you can find the largest collection of works by the designer.

    It is impossible to walk through the park without noticing these amazing structures with sustainable appeal. Rustic, yet very cozy, they invite visitors to take a break, either to rest, contemplate nature or reflect on any of 170 works of art on display. Long-time partner, Hugo França installed his first work in the garden in the 1990s, even before the the Institute was fouded in 2006. Under the shadow of the Tamboril, ancient tree that is now one of the symbols of the park, he placed a huge bench, recently replaced by a larger one, also by the designer.

    The story of Hugo França with wood pieces begins almost three decades ago. Eager for a new lifestyle, he moved to Trancoso/Bahia, where he lived for 15 years. There he discovered the Pequi-Vinagreiro, common tree in the Atlantic Forest in Bahia, but hardly useful in the usual woodworking for being very irregular. He began to avail unearthed roots, hollow logs, branches and whatever else he found to create unique pieces that value the natural textures and shapes of these plants otherwise rejected.

    Banco Hugo França

    Rustic, yet very cozy, the benches invite visitors to take a break l Photo: Rossana Magri

    Not without reason, the first cuts are made where the wood is found. Some blocks may weigh over a ton and need to be divided for transportation. Still in the woods, the pieces begin to look like benches and tables and are finished in one of Hugo França’s workshops. From there, his sculptures are sent all over the world.

    Besides being part of private collections such as Inhotim’s, his work has been featured in a long list of institutions such as the MAD Museum in New York, the Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo, the Art Rio in Rio de Janeiro and currently the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a botanical garden located in Miami, United States. Until May 2014, visitors will see 25 movable sculptures of the artist, whosesensitive eye is capable of bringing life back to nature.

    Recently,  Crane TV made a video about Hugo Franças’s work. Check it Out:

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    Janeiro, 23. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    artbotanybrumadinho

    Leitura: 6 min

    Tips to visit Inhotim

    Tips to visit Inhotim

    How do I get there? Is it possible to visit the whole Park in one single day? Where can I stay near there? How much is the ticket? Do they have parking facilities? I’m going straight from the airport, where I can store my luggage? Can I take a guided tour?

    If Inhotim is part of your wish list to 2014, at some point you will come across some of these questions. Enjoy the tips and start planning your visit.

    The first step is to know how to get there.

    Inhotim is located in Brumadinho (MG), about 60 km from Belo Horizonte. To calculate the best route for your trip, just click here (http://www.inhotim.org.br/visite/como-chegar). If you are in Belo Horizonte, on average, it will take you 90 minutes to drive to Inhotim. The parking lot at the park is free of charge. However, if you fly in, you can rent a car or take a taxi. It takes about  2 hours from Confins airport to the park or one and a half hour from Pampulha airport. The good news is that Inhotim has lockers for your handbags and luggage. You can also get there by bus. Saritur bus company has a line that goes from the Belo Horizonte bus station, located downtown, straight to the park, Tuesdays through Sundays . Check out  the timetables and bus fares here.

    Where to stay.

    Okay, now that you already know how to get there, you need to decide if you are going to stay in Brumadinho or in Belo Horizonte. Inhotim has 110 hectares of visitation area, which means you won’t be able to visit the entire park in just one day. If you are in Belo Horizonte and have a day off, you will certainly enjoy the visit. But if Inhotim is your main destination, a three-day visit is your best option. This way, you can walk, reflect and enjoy the environment with no need to hurry. Check out the lodging options here. 

    And now what?

     

    Purchased airline tickets, hotel reservation, it’s time to plan your visit to the park. Since Inhotim is a place unlike any other you’ve ever visited, there are some tips that can make your visit there even better. Besides being a Contemporary Art Center, Inhotim is also a Botanical Garden. Art galleries are surrounded by palm trees, flowers, lakes and plenty of wooden benches. Yes, art in the middle of nature. That’s why walking is an important part of the visit. To save some time, a good tip is to buy your ticket in advance. And if necessary, you can also rent internal transportation on our electric carts. Click here to purchase your ticket.

    Another great tip is to navigate through the park before going there. The interactive map helps you decide routes, learn about the galleries and even get better acquainted with some of the artworks. Speaking of delving into the park, here  you can learn about the guided visits that happen at Inhotim. Food service points are strategically located. Check out each one of them. Before you hit the road, it’s worth reading the visitation rules, so that everything will run as planned.

    If you made it this far, you are very close to accomplishing your goal. Inhotim is an unforgettable place. Enjoy!

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    Janeiro, 17. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    artbotanyeducaciontamboril

    Leitura: 6 min

    My day at Inhotim

    My day at Inhotim

    I was really excited when I heard I was coming to Inhotim.  I didn´t really know what it was, but Vitor told me it was super cool and there was lots of space to play.  Vitor came here once.   Artur and I didn´t.  Well, right after we got to the parking lot and walked to the park, I was really excited with that huge pathway, covered with trees.  When the guys put the visitor sticker on our shirts, we heard there were some special activities for kids during the day.  When we got there, they told us there would be a treasure hunt.  They divided the kids into groups.  The smaller kids went somewhere to play and we, the big kids, got together to start the treasure hunt.

    There were two teams. Each team had to find all the clues and discover the surprise at the end.  The assistants helped us solve the riddles.  We started running to find the clues really fast.  There were five clues.  They had notes that told us how to find the treasure.  Each clue told us to go north, northeast, northwest… all directions.  I found three out of five all on my own.  I was really smart. The clues were hidden in the middle of the vegetation, tied to the plants.  All you had to do was to slide your hand along and look real good and you could find it.  Some clues made us really tired, because we had to run and really look for them.  After we found everything, we went to get the treasure, seeds of the Tamboril tree. This big tree behind us.  

    After all this, we went to visit the whole park.  I didn’t really know what I was going to find.  When I arrived there, I thought I was going to see art, animals, and lots of trees I’d never seen before.  Artur really just wanted to go see Saci1, and his story.  Someone told him he was going to see Saci at the park.  Ow, Vitor also said there was a tree here that moves every month.  I don´t really believe that.  If the tree started moving around, I’d be really freaked out.  But one thing we did a lot was walking.  We walked, and walked, and walked… my leg even hurt at the end. 

    Meu dia no Inhotim - Colônia de férias Artur (6), Vitor (10) e Eduardo (10) enjoyed their day of visit at Inhotim Photo: Rossana Magri

     

     

    The Cosmococa was the thing I liked the most.  We entered there and there were five rooms:  one with balloons, another one with foam, another one with a pool, another with hammocks and another one with movies.  We even went for a swim in the pool.  Artur and I swam in our shorts.  Vitor was here before and he knew about the pool, so he brought his swimming suit.  Also, we strolled around lots of cool places and saw lots of different flowers, like cactus and others.  We went to a room where the floor is covered in broken glass. We went to another room that was really dark. We saw a shock ball too.  I was afraid the water was going to fall on me and I’d get shocked!  

    But there was something I thought was really weird:  the water in the lakes is green! What do they do to make it look like that?  Another thing: that blue room, with tiles, with a wall painted with human organs inside. How did they do that? What about the shallow pool in this building’s entrance, are we allowed to enter or not?  Another different thing I saw was the sculpture of a man mended to another man.  I thought that was pretty crazy and we even took pictures trying to copy them.  

    At the end, we even saw Saci’s house, but we couldn’t see him like Artur wanted to.  We didn’t have the stuff we needed to make him appear, and the assistants were not there at the time to help us.  But I thought Inhotim was really beautiful.  The art, the environment, everything was made with a lot of care, wasn’t it?   When I first got here, I thought it was kind of weird, because I’d never been to a place that big.  But now I know how it is and I want to come back.   I couldn’t see everything yet, like, for example, a room that is all red.  I really enjoyed it!

    Statement given by Eduardo, age 10, about his day of visit to Inhotim.

    1 Saci is a Brazilian´s folklore character. He is a one-legged youngster  who smokes a pipe and wears a magical red cap that enables him to disappear and reappear wherever he wishes.

     

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    Janeiro, 16. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    music

    Leitura: 7 min

    When art inspires art

    When art inspires art

    A visit to Inhotim translated into music. That’s what went on: in late 2012, singer-songwriter from São Paulo Marcelo Jeneci spent a few days in Brumadinho/MG to visit the Institute. He loved it. “I found it unbelievable that Brazil has such a rich place, so well structured, with a clear proposal and with so much beauty. It invites you to see the universe in a different way”, he says. The experience paid off when it comes to his compositions. His new album, “De Graça“, released in October 2013, features the song  “Pra Gente se Desprender“, inspired by the work Forty Part Motet, 2001, by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff, shown in one of the rooms of Galeria Praça, at Inhotim. Check out our conversation with Marcelo, part of a new group of artists that has brought new color to the music scene.

    Blog do Inhotim – Marcelo, how did the story with Janet Cardiff’s work go on ?

    Marcelo Jeneci – I went to Brumadinho and stayed five days in the city to visit Inhotim. I found  Janet Cardiff’s work with the coral amazing [referring to Forty Part Motet, 2001]. Listening to that in 360 degrees as we hear the sounds of everyday life… This liturgical and Baroque music relates to a part of my life, my childhood. It brought back a primitive affective memory to me, when I used to go to church. When I was there I thought, “Wow, I have to bring a liturgical choir to convey the emotion I’m feeling here for my next album.”

    BI – So that is how “Pra Gente se Desprender” came about?

    MJ – Exactly. I created the instrumental theme at the end of the song thinking about the feeling I had when I visited the installation at Inhotim. I wanted to make people feel what I felt there. This experience had an actual interference in the song. Interestingly, since the reviews of “De Graça” began to be published, this song is the one most often mentioned as a favorite! It was received differently when compared to the other songs, and it always gets some special attention in texts about the disc.

    BI – Was that your first visit to the park?

    MJ – No, I had played with Arnaldo Antunes there once. I think all Brazilians should visit this place, it is marvelous, a unique experience that influences people. Everyone talks a lot about it, but since Brazil so huge, in some places sometimes people still haven’t heard of it. Wherever I go, I tell everyone they should visit it.

    BI – Amid such diversified production we see today, how do you perceive yourself as an artist?

    MJ – I think art is an affirmation of life. As an artist, I feel that an exchange happens in my day to day life. It is as if the circumstantialities of life, the way I was raised and how music is presented to me have trained me to be able to synthesize and share some of my views, feelings about the world, sorrows and joys. It’s like the work of someone who writes a letter: my feeling is that I give a response about some issues back to people. We are living a very rich moment in art, music and in the history of mankind.


    BI ­– You once said when you make music your intention is to improve the people’s lives right from the first chord. How do you see this relationship between art and life?

    MJ – I try to spread a positive message, a positive outlook, encouraging the idea that a dream always gives place to another dream. I emphasize the bright side of things, the one that is for free,  for everyone. Sometimes, when we face  the cruelty of the nature of life, we feel very distant from this other point of view. This characteristic is present in the structure of my work and comes from my family, the combination of my parents, a man from northeastern Brazil and a woman from São Paulo, living in the outskirts of São Paulo. Both of them always have a smile on their faces, they see the beauty in life. That’s how I was brought up, aware of this positivity and there are moments this attitude is quite suitable. One of the most interesting things in life is to add: the things we talk about, learn, teach… friendship, man, woman, sex, what is intrinsic to our instincts. The relationship between human beings is very important and it is essential to talk about it.

    BI – How you feel your new album, “The Graça“, is being received?

    MJ – I feel that the launch is starting to happen. Things haven’t speeded up, but I have received very positive feedback. I perceive a difference from the first to the second album. This has a more radical, acid proposal, which was not there before. There is more pain, more crying out, more ”beating up”, and this has been well received, even by those who felt closer to the sound of the previous album. Still, there are songs that touch the heart. For me, the difference is that, in this work, I feel very clearly I’ve had an encounter with myself, and, then,  the opinion of others doesn’t really matter. It was  cathartic, a trance that has healed me, made ??me feel horribly well [laughter]. Because of all that, any frustration that might come will not be as heavy. This encounter with myself moves me.

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    Dezembro, 30. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    botanydesigngift shop

    Leitura: 3 min

    Good memories

    Good memories

    Those who love museum gift shops cannot miss out on two very special spaces at Inhotim, which are filled with memories of the visit to park. Opened in 2007, the Intitute’s design store has a diversified mix of products, including books, DVDs, decorative pieces, sustainable toys, accessories as well as Inhotim’s institutional line, which has just been launched. Don’t you know it yet? The collection includes notebooks, pencils, mugs, shirts, ecobags, handbags, among others, with prices to fit all pockets. To make products even more charming, the Inhotim brand transformed into a typographic pattern, appearing in cobalt blue, red, green and black.

    The other space is dedicated to botany and sells species that can be found in the Institute’s collection, as well as gardening tools, home furnishings and utensils produced at the Ceramics Oti factory, located at Inhotim. The nicest thing about it is that those who enjoy plants can take home seedlings planted in handmade pots made by residents of Brumadinho,  during workshops aimed at the community. It is worth mentioning that selling products is a way to make the institution sustainable, as it is a source of income that allows the park to keep on receiving visitors from around the world.

    Lojas do Inhotim vendem acessórios exclusivosInhotim’s gift shops offer products that carry the Institute’s DNA Photo: Ricardo Mallaco

    The perfect harmony between the essence of the park and Inhotim gift shops ensured them a place on the Blouin Artinfo list, which selected the coolest shops of this segment worldwide.)

    General information

    Inhotim Shops – Design & Botany

    Where is it? Rua B, 20 – Brumadinho/MG

    When is it open? Tuesday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    How to pay? In cash, by check and all major credit and debit cards

    Any questions? Just call +55 (31) 3571-9848

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