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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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    Dezembro, 23. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    brumadinhomusic

    Leitura: 2 min

    In the top 10

    In the top 10

    Amid the diversity of rhythms that excite young people nowadays, classical music has won a prominent position among young boys and girls from Brumadinho, Mário Campos and Bonfim. The melodies of Beethoven, Mozart and other important classical composers are already fighting for space in the kids’ playlists . They are members of the School of Strings of Inhotim, who have just discovered works and sounds that were unknown to them until now.

    After a year and a half of practical and theoretical lessons, one can notice in every note played on cellos, violins, violas and double basses, the affinity of young musicians with their instruments, which today are a cause for change and for dreams.

    Tainã Jorge is a resident in the Tejuco region in Brumadinho, and has seen in the school of Strings the big opportunity to become a musician. “I’ve always wanted to learn music, but had never had the chance”. Today, Tainã combines the activities of the Orchestra with his  job as a nursing technician. “I see people get emotional with the music I play. That makes me very happy”, he celebrates.

    Tainã Jorge, aluno da Escola de CordasTainã Jorge  has seen in the school of Strings the big opportunity to become a musician Photo: Rossana Magri

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    Dezembro, 20. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    artBabette Mangolteopening

    Leitura: 2 min

    Numbers in words

    2013 marks the largest exchange of artistic collection in Inhotim, which currently totals 170 works on display. In other numbers, there were 86 new works by 18 artists from 9 different nationalities. For the first time, temporary galleries Mata, Praça, Lago and Fonte had their spaces renovated in the same year. Another innovation was the inauguration of thematic exhibitions such as “amor lugar comum“, by Luiz Zerbini, “Mineiriana“, by Juan Araujo and “Babette Mangolte”, by the artist herself. Still Life was another topic that received great prominence, more precisely, an entire gallery. In all, 14 names, as Rivane Neuenschwander, Sarah Branch and Tacita Dean, exhibit over 40 works at Galeria Fonte.

    No one better than Inhotim curators to translate these numbers into words. Watch the video!

     

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