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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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    Junho, 02. 2014

    Inhotim press room


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    2014 World Cup at Inhotim

    2014 World Cup at Inhotim

    Do you want to visit Inhotim during the World Cup? Then, check out our program for June and July and don’t miss out on anything:

    Matches’ broadcasting

    Those visiting the Institute on match days will not miss out on the Cup. Inhotim will broadcast the matches at the Theater at the Burle Marx Educational Center during the park’s visiting hours: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and up to 5:30 p.m. on holidays and weekends.

    Panoramic Tour in English

    Between June 14 and July 12, Inhotim’s panoramic tour will also be conducted in English. Perfect for you to take your couchsurfing gringo friends! The idea is to offer an overview of the Institute, emphasizing on the landscaping project and works of art on display in the gardens. The tour leaves at 11 a.m. from the park’s reception, Tuesday through Sunday and holidays. There may be up to 25 visitors in each group and the tour takes 1 hour.

    Art Theme Tours

    If you intend to learn a bit more about the contemporary art world, don’t miss out on the art theme visits. Always focusing on a certain aspect of the collection, they allow for reflections and different ways to look at the works of art. These tours last 1 hour and 30 minutes and take place on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, at 2:30 p.m., leaving from the reception. Check out the themes during the World Cup:

     

    June: See, hear, touch! Hyperstimulation in art

    Visitors are invited to discuss how new technologies and means of communication change how things are perceived and done in the arts. Based on works by Babette Mangolte and Hélio Oiticica, we can discuss about these transformations in the artistic production in large cities in the 1960s.

    July: Soundscapes

    Have you ever stopped to think how sounds can be learned and changed by technology? In June, we propose you look and listen to our walks throughout the park, our spaces and actions more carefully, based on a reflection on artists such as Janet Cardiff and Doug Aitken.

    Play for the shirt of your team and take part in our activities, which are free for all visitors! Click here to buy your ticket.

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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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    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, 26. 2014

    Takai, Fernanda

    Cantora, compositora e cronista. Vocalista da banda mineira Patu Fu há 22 anos, também mantém carreira solo


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    Inhotim by Fernanda Takai

    Inhotim by Fernanda Takai

    Our Inhotim

    Come on, let me call it ours, because I am really proud we have a place like that so within our reach.
    I have lost track of how many times I have been there and I am sure I haven’t seen it all.
    You know… Everything is truly transformed there!
    The landscape relies on the natural blessings of the seasons as well as on gardeners’ green thumbs.  
    The same goes for the pavilions and works of art.  Each person that looks a certain way or hears more carefully notices a story.
    Art is alive and breathes like we do.
    That is why we must always go back!
    Many times I have volunteered as a driver and guide to friends.
    Spending a day at Inhotim is rejuvenating.  It is good for you.
    What about the food? And the birds?
    Each detail is delightful.  It is always more than you have heard of and could hope for.
    And if you haven’t heard of Inhotim but love nature and art, you must plan to visit the park!
    Go and take your time there. Stick around for at least two days.
    Who knows?  We might come across each other in one of those trails.

    Foto: Rossana Magri

    Photo: Rossana Magri

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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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    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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