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  • Maio, 28. 2014

    Inhotim guides

    Realiza visitas e atividades que convidam a refletir sobre os acervos do Inhotim

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    Leitura: 3 min

    An invitation to mediation

    An invitation to mediation

    There have been countless efforts to define the word mediation, which is used in several different ways by different sectors of society.  It can relate to the solution of conflict, the interpretation of works of art and, yet, it can be used to facilitate a process.  

    Since the beginning of its activities, Inhotim’s Department of Education has developed strategies to promote discussions on the Institute’s collections.  This work happens through mediation, a practice that supports dialog, autonomy and, most of all, visitors’ experiences.  

    Mediation is a powerful tool to build knowledge.  It helps visitors and mediators recognize themselves as active participants in the most important discussions related to contemporaneity.  At Inhotim, the purpose of mediation is to create a safe space for dialog, questioning and discovery.  These meetings go beyond the first impression in search of that which makes us think, find the sparkle that leads to a reaction on our part.

    What awakens or critical eye and compels us to (re)build?  We understand that the construction of knowledge happens through exposure to new images, new dilemmas.  This alchemy results in a powerful tension in our rational boundaries, which we seek to expand.

    Taking part in a guided tour, or mediated tour, at Inhotim is taking yourself to an unknown place and making this place fertile soil to risk, speak up, improvise and perceive how you feel in this context.  

    You are invited to take a closer look, to ask, and get to places, create memories and have encounters that will take your breath away!

    Written by Lília Dantas, Art and Education Supervisor at Inhotim


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    Maio, 16. 2014

    Inhotim press room

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    Leitura: 4 min

    Palm Trees: Lectures

    Palm Trees: Lectures

    With one of the largest palm tree collections in the world, this coming Saturday, May 17, Inhotim will host a series of lectures focused on the botanical family.  The use of these plants in landscaping, main pointers on how to care for them, their reproduction and uses are among the themes discussed. Check out the detailed program:

    Series of Lectures – The Botanical Universe of the Arecaceae Family

    Location:  Espaço Igrejinha (near Galeria Lygia Pape) – Instituto Inhotim

    Free admission for visitors

    1st round – 10 am to 1 pm

    New and rare Brazilian Palm Trees

    Speaker: Harri Lorenzi. Agronomist and researcher, he is the founder and current director of Instituto Plantarum, in Nova Odessa/SP.  He was a visiting researcher at the University of Harvard in the United States, and has published dozens of scientific papers and books on botany.

    The use of palm trees in landscaping

    Speaker: Pedro Nehring. Landscaper at Inhotim. Ever since the place was still private property, he has been part of the history of the gardens that now form the institute.  He has carried out projects in several cities in Brazil, such as Brasília and Rio de Janeiro.

    Why study palm trees?

    Speaker: Patrícia Oliveira. Majored in Biological Sciences at Instituto Izabela Hendrix, with master’s and doctorate degrees in vegetal biology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.  She has been working at the Institute for two years and is currently part of the research, development and innovation team focused on the botanical garden and the environment.

    2nd round – 2:30 am to 5 pm

    Anatomical Studies on Arecaceae reproductive structures

    Speaker: Sarah Barbosa Reis. Majored in biological sciences at the State University of Montes Claros. M.Sc. in vegetal anatomy at the botany department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).  Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same line of research, also at UFMG.  

    The health of palm trees

    Speaker: Lívia Dias Lana. Agronomist majored at the Federal University of Viçosa. Specialized in landscaping at Instituto de Arte e Projeto, in Belo Horizonte.  She is responsible for the plant health area at Inhotim, as well as for the maintenance and revitalization of the park.

    The diversified use of palm trees in everyday life  

    Speaker: Luiz Eduardo Silva. Majored in forest engineering at the Federal University of Lavras. He is part of the plant mapping and inventory team at the Institute and is in charge of botanical identification.


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    Maio, 12. 2014

    Brandão, Ignácio de Loyola

    Escritor, possui 41 livros publicados, entre eles “O Menino que Vendia Palavras”, vencedor do prêmio Jabuti de 2008

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    Leitura: 6 min

    Inhotim or Shangri-La

    Inhotim or Shangri-La

    When I saw that gigantic machine, strangling a tree with its dinosaur-like claws, placed by Mathew Barney in the middle of a dome, I had two insights.  The first one was: here is the cover for my novel And Still the Earth, one of my most successful books, which shows Brazil without trees, without water, heated and increasingly getting warmer, São Paulo paralyzed by massive traffic jams, violence reigning.  One day I will ask for permission to use this work, Lama Lamina (2009), in the next editions. It is a symbol of present times.  

    It was one of the (many) things that impressed me when I went to Inhotim.  Our time is reflected there. And when I looked up and saw the machine, I saw myself, I saw the dense vegetation that surrounds each pavilion and I saw everything reflected a thousand times by the geodesic dome.  I remembered an interesting period in my life, when I was the editor for the Planeta magazine. Back then, the publication broke boundaries by talking about the future, extraterrestrial worlds, parallel universes, the power of thought, primitive civilizations that were more developed than current ones, unusual scientific findings.  Planeta was the first non-specialized magazine to mention Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome, intended to “protect” houses or cities.  Today, we might need geodesic domes to protect ourselves from the polluted atmosphere, which we have deconstructed.

    I thought: Is this art? What is art? My answer to that is deeply personal.  Everything which is beautiful (or terrible), which impresses me, makes me think, changes me.  Is Munch’s The Scream by any chance beautiful, soft? No. And yet, we are enchanted by it because that is us screaming; we understand the reason for it, the affliction present.  Thus, with a completely open mind, I strolled around Inhotim.  Actually, the very first question I asked was the reason for this undefinable name. In the old days, when this land was still a farm, there was an American man called Timothy here.  A hard name for farm workers to pronounce, they shortened it to Tim, and added our very Brazilian “Nhô” (sir).  Nhô Tim. From that to Inhotim was a short leap.

    I went all over the world as a journalist and writer.  I have never been to any place like this. I have never read about anything similar to this place.  I have to admit that, from a distance, it is hard to fully grasp what Inhotim is.  It is pioneering, audacious, utopic.  Is it a museum? It is and it is not. Is it a gallery? It is and it is not. So, what is it then:  a park for the contemporary arts.  What about those who do not like contemporary art? Visit it. It might reaffirm your opinion, it might change it.  But there is not the slightest chance you will be immune to it. I almost wrote unpunished instead. You will question yourself, surrender to a lot, repel.  There is a trick (I wonder if it is subliminal).  The moment you leave one of the many spaces, you make peace with the world, with life, with everything, involved by the vegetation of one of the most beautiful parks known to us. If all the feelings (shock, joy, disgust, whatever it might be) a certain work of art awakens in you are kept, be happy, you have been changed, metamorphosed.  And you will take Inhotim with you forever.  

    Get organized when you arrive there. Talk to the monitors (I don’t even know if this is how they call them there), get the brochures.  What do I want to see? Helio Oiticica, Chris Burden, Adriana Varejão, Miguel Rio Branco (I insist, don’t miss out on Miguel), Cildo Meireles (ask yourself: what does he want with this red?), Tunga, and so on, for there are many creators.

    I advise you to walk, the air is fresh, there is sunlight and shaded areas, time is paralyzed.  As you get tired, look for one of the tree-trunk benches made from Pequi Vinagreiro, sit down, let the vibes brought by a century-old tree involve you.   In the air, multicolored butterflies.  And the lakes, water mirrors, all blue, where the park reflects itself, for it is Narcissus.  Final word of advice, one day there is good. But why not take two days to see everything, revisit some things, isolate yourself from this senseless world?  Just like Swift imagined Lilliput, James Hilton idealized Shangri-La, J.M Brarie founded Neverland (Peter Pan) and L. Frank Baum found Oz, Monteiro Lobato built the Sítio do Pica Pau Amarelo, Bernardo Paz created Inhotim, our exacerbated imagination. 


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    Abril, 25. 2014

    Feldmann, Fábio

    Consultor e especialista em legislação ambiental

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    Leitura: 2 min

    Fighting wastefulness

    Fighting wastefulness

    Only since the late 1980s the environmental issue has become a global concern. Certainly, nowadays any citizen takes notice of environmental problems.  In Beijing, air pollution requires changes. In California, severe drought calls for measures such as water rationing. In New York, efforts are made to adapt city life to climate changes and to recover from the impacts of hurricane Sandy.

    What about Brazil? The population in the northeastern region suffers the effects of prolonged drought, relying on water distribution by tanker trucks. In São Paulo, in addition to unbearable heat, water rationing has been implemented in some regions in the metropolitan area. So far, no news.  But the reflection I make concerns whether we have actually reached a point in which we understand our own vulnerability regarding the environment.

    Less than a decade ago, we faced a severe blackout, which required society to significantly reduce power consumption and obtained extremely positive results.  It is a fact that these efforts have faded with time, due to lack of guidance by the public power.  

    We must take advantage of these crises to demand an effective fight against wastefulness.  Efficient equipment and appliances, architecture and engineering that promote water reuse.  We need to create a mentality that reducing our vulnerabilities – which become evident during water and power crises in Brazil – depends on an extreme shift in the way we enjoy our natural resources.

    This coming Tuesday, April 29, consultant Fábio Feldmann will take part in Inhotim Escola and talk to the public about more sustainable lifestyles.


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