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  • Julho, 12. 2014

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    Inhotim Lab travels to New York

    Inhotim Lab travels to New York

    The Institute’s oldest educational project, Inhotim Lab, is packed and ready to visit one of the most vibrant cities in the world. As part of the activities in the program, nine students will be travelling to New York this coming Thursday, July 17, to take part in an observation and learning experience which includes visits to museums, cultural spaces, event venues and artist studios. “Inhotim is a space that proposes international dialogs through its collections. We have works of art and botanical species from several parts of the world. At Inhotim Lab, we also seek this kind of exchange. Visiting new places and getting to know new people broaden horizons and help us understand our own place in the world, leading to empowerment”, says Maria Eugênia Salcedo, transversal education manager for Inhotim.

    One of the high points of the group’s agenda is a street party organized by the New Museum, exclusively dedicated to contemporary art. The program for the event, entitled New Museum Block Party, includes free performances and workshops intended for children and adults and inspired by the exhibits on display at the institution. Youngsters taking part in the museum’s educational projects are in charge of part of the program for the Block Party. The idea is that this experience allows Inhotim Lab participants to lead the organization of a festival in Brumadinho in November, proposing a new relationship with the spaces in the city.

    Fourteen-year-old Millene Raissa Paraguai is a student at the Maria Solano Menezes Diniz Municipal School, in the district of Tejuco. She is looking forward to boarding on a plane for the first time. “This is an experience I will remember forever. I am very happy to take part in Inhotim Lab. When I visit the park now, I have a different look towards art and also towards life itself”, reveals the teenager. With regard to the party, she says she wants to pay attention to every little detail and see what ideas can be used in their event in November. “Each place has its own reality, whatever works there might not work here”, she says.

    Inhotim Lab is an art-oriented educational program aimed at 12 to 16-year-old students in the public school network in Brumadinho. By conducting research and experimentations, participants develop a critical and reflexive eye not only towards the art world, but also in relation to the context in which they live, becoming active agents in their communities. About 200 youngsters have taken part in Inhotim Lab since the program started back in 2007. Besides New York, the project has taken the students to London and Buenos Aires.

    Are you curious to learn more about this journey? During the trip, Inhotim’s Blog will post testimonials and reports of participants and educators who are going to New York. Make sure you check it out!

    If you wish to help the Institute carry out projects such as this one, click here and become a Friend of Inhotim.

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    Julho, 10. 2014

    Inhotim press room


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    Award-winning architecture

    Award-winning architecture

    In addition to works of art and gardens that draw attention worldwide, Inhotim has also been consolidating itself as a showcase of Brazilian contemporary architecture. Proof of this is that the Burle Marx Educational and Cultural Center, where the work Narcissus Garden Inhotim (2009) by artist Yayoi Kusama is installed, was nominated for the 1st Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, granted by the Illinois Institute of Technology, in the United States. Among the 225 projects chosen, 36 stood out in the “exceptional” category, including the Institute’s building, which was joined by important names in architecture in the Americas, such as Herzog & Meuron, Gehry Partners and Steven Holl Architects.

    This is not the first time the building is nominated for an award. Created to Inhotim by the Minas Gerais-based office Arquitetos Associados and inaugurated in 2009, the Burle Marx Educational and Cultural Center won in the “Institutional Buildings” category of the 3rd Best of Architecture, granted by the Arquitetura & Construção magazine (Editora Abril), nominated for the 9th Young Architects 2009, granted by IAB SP; nominated for the 12th IAB MG Architecture Award in 2010, among others.

    Essentially a space for work and knowledge, the Burle Marx Educational and Cultural Center houses the Institute’s educational programs, oriented towards Art and Education and Environmental Education. With 1,704 m2, the building houses a library and studios where workshops take place, in addition to Inhotim Theater, with 214 seats, and Café do Teatro, a great place to have a espresso and try a great pão de queijo (cheese puff).

    On top of the building lies a version of one of the most emblematic works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.Originally shown in the 33rd Venice Biennial, in an off-record participation of the artist in the event, Narcissus Garden Inhotim gathers 500 stainless iron spheres that float on a water mirror on the roof. Wind and other external factors create new forms in the installation, which reflects visitors, the sky, the water and the surrounding vegetation, creating, in the words of Kusama, “a kinetic carpet”.

    What about you? Have you already been to the building and seen this work?Tell us about your experience and comment below.

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    Julho, 08. 2014

    Inhotim press room


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    Inhotim em Cena Program

    Inhotim em Cena Program

    Inhotim’s cultural program for the second semester is filled with special shows and great artists performing as part of the Inhotim em Cena project. Check out what we have prepared for you and save the dates: 

    August

    On August 15, 16 and 17, Companhia de Dança do Palácio das Artes will enchant Inhotim visitors. The group will debut the choreography especially created by Dani Lima for the Institute. A must-see! The performance will take place at 2:30 p.m., in the park’s gardens. Also, on the 31st, musician Naná Vasconcelos performs with multi-instrumentalist Lui Coimbra under the Tamboril tree, at 3 p.m.

    September

    September weekends are filled with good music. The program starts with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra with its annual concert at Inhotim on the 7th, at 4 p.m.  On the following Saturday, 13, singer Lenine joins the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra to play songs written by himself, at 4 p.m., near the Tamboril tree. According to him, the experience will be unique: “The sense of collectivity is the greatest thing about playing my music with many other artists. When this happens in an art-oriented space, then, it is transcendental.   The parameter is totally different, stakes are higher. I´m filled with expectations and looking forward to visiting Inhotim, I will take the opportunity to visit the galleries and the Vanda Orchid Greenhouse”, says Lenine, who loves orchids, one of the plant collections at the Inhotim Botanical Garden.

    On the 21st, at 3 p.m., the Contemporary Music Series brings works by Brazilian Sérgio Rodrigo and Palestinian composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi, who lives in Berlim. The concert is the result of a partnership between Inhotim and Festival Artes Vertentes, which takes place in Tiradentes, in the state of Minas Gerais. Coordinated by pianist Luis Gustavo Carvalho, art director for the Festival, the event will rely on the participation of German, English, Japanese and Brazilian musicians.

    October

    The Contemporary Music Series closes the year with a concert by the Sonante 21 group, joined by American singer Martha Herr, at 3 p.m., at the Inhotim Theater. They will perform Pierrot Lunaire, a series of songs composed by Arnold Schönberg, and which has become one of the most influential pieces in 20th century music. The performance also marks the premiere of a piece by Minas-born composer Rogério Vasconcelos, especially requested by Inhotim to the artist for this occasion. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before the performance, on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Check out more details of Inhotim’s cultural program here and purchase your tickets right away!

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    Julho, 03. 2014

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    A Greener Brumadinho

    A Greener Brumadinho

    During the month of June, a group of 15 gardeners from Inhotim worked with a special proposal: to make the city of Brumadinho greener. Through a partnership with the City Administration, the Institute donated to the city a landscape project signed by Pedro Nehring, responsible for the park’s gardens. All the material needed to carry out the project was also donated.

    That includes over 500 plants, such as palm trees, orchids, salvias and agaves which now embellish flower beds and squares in the city. The species chosen are part of Inhotim’s collection and adapt well to the urban environment, and that is why Nehring has chosen them. “I have been visiting Brumadinho since the early 1980s, when I started building the gardens that are part of Inhotim today. I’m proud to be responsible to take the park’s beauty to the streets of Brumadinho”, says the landscaper.

    A palmeira azul foi uma das espécies doadas pelo Inhotim para a cidade. Foto: Rossana Magri

    The blue palm is one of the species donated by Inhotim to the city. Photo: Rossana Magri

    City residents saw the changes from a close range and approved the new spaces. “I think everything turned up really nice. Brumadinho needed this change and I believe this is the beginning of an even bigger change”, says Lucas Amorim, owner of a small business downtown. The intervention was only one of the phases of the project. Later this year, Inhotim will work on new gardens in the city, continuing the partnership.

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    Junho, 26. 2014

    Inhotim press room


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    Foreign invasion at Inhotim

    Foreign invasion at Inhotim

    Since the World Cup started in Brazil, Inhotim has received a huge amount of foreigners eager to take home good memories of their trip. The faces and accents from all over the world are ready to open a smile and proudly shout the name of their countries of origin. That doesn´t mean receiving international visitors is something new for the Institute. Actually, about 20% of those visiting the park come from other countries and, during the two first weeks of the competition, this average has increased to 60%.

    “I am an art teacher in Belgium and I first heard of Inhotim in a documentary aired in the largest TV station in my country. Then, since I am in Brazil because of the World Cup, I took the opportunity to visit this wonder!”, tells Koen Verhaeghe, while observing the 4-meter sculpture by Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles. Named Inmensa (1982-2002), the work was included in the panoramic tour conducted in English, which the Belgium took part in and that was created especially for this flow of tourists brought by the World Cup.

    From Argentine hermanos to Pakistanis and Israelis – whose teams, by the way, aren’t even playing the Cup – the Institute has already received visitors from more than 20 different nations. Americans Lisa Christiansen and Ryan Samuelson found out about the park in a search they make back home nine months ago, before arriving in South America. “When I saw pictures of Inhotim on the Internet, I knew I had to visit this place”, she says.

    Casal de norte-americanos que viaja pela América do Sul não deixou o Inhotim de fora do roteiro. Foto: Rossana Magri

    The landscapes of Inhotim guaranteed it a place in the American couple’s to-do list. Photo: Rossana Magri

    Do you also feel like checking out the beauties of Inhotim? Start planning your visit now. Check out the park’s opening hours.

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