Brazilian Culture

Blog Cultura Brasileira

Blog Cultura Brasileira (42)

"ImagineRio" - North American University Launches a Rio de Janeiro Interactive Map

Rice University, the north american school located in the state of Texas, launched an interactive map which illustrates Rio de Janeiro's urban development, from the 16th century to our days. The "ImagineRio" platform puts together photos and illustrations made throughout history, giving the viewer a glimpse of the city that inspired artists and map makers.


Paris Hold its 19th Brazilian Film Festival this June

The 19th edition of Paris' Brazilian Film Festival will happen from June 20th to June 27th at the Arlequin theater. This year the festival celebrates Tropicalismo's 50th anniversary.

The movie "Elis" will open the festival. Directed by Hugo Prata, the movie portrays the life and work of Elis Regina, one of the quintessential Brazilian singers.


Madrid's 76th Book Fair celebrates the culture of Portugal

Portugal will be the protagonist in 2017's Madrid book fair. This year, the festival will be held between May 26th and June 11th. At the book fair, visitors will get be in touch not only with the current literary production but also with literary performances, movies, music and photography; under the theme "Caminos de la literatura" (The ways of literature).


The Farewell to Antonio Candido, Brazil's Greatest Literary Critic in The 20th Century

Last Friday, May 12th, Brazil lost Antonio Candido, one of the country's greatest intellectuals of the 20th century. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Candido de Mello e Souza was a sociologist, writer, and University professor. A literature academic, Mr. Candido started his career in the early 40s as a literary critic writing reviews about writers such as Clarice Lispector, João Cabral de Melo Neto, and some "upcoming" names such as Murilo Mendes and Carlos Drummond de Andrade.


The 57th Venice Biennale hosts five Brazilian names

Curated by Christine Macel, the 17' Venice Biennale will be held between May 13th and Nov. 26th, with the theme "Viva Arte Viva". The exhibit will display work from 85 artists and this year will differ from its usual theme oriented exhibit to focus on each artist's work. It is "a Biennale designed with the artists, by the artist, and for the artists."


Discover the Northeastern dryland "Sertão", through "Behind The Sun"

Discover the Northeastern dryland "Sertão", through "Behind The Sun"

The movie depicts the life, the scenery, and the way of line in the Brazilian "Sertão" in the beginning to the 20th century. The Sertão nordestino Brazil's Northeast drylands, is a climate sub-region that extends through the countryside of the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe.

The essence of the region is captured by the movies beautiful photography, through which the viewer will get to enjoy the region's natural beauty.


National "Choro" day celebrates "Carinhoso's" 100th year

The observance of the National "Choro" Day was institute in the year 2000 to celebrate the birthday of Alfredo da Rocha Viana, the artist known as Pixinguinha. Musician, arranger and composer, Pixinguinha is on the the pillars of Brazilian music and the greatest name of this musical genre. This year's Choro day will host a special celebration for the 120th years of Pixinguinha's birth and the 100th year-anniversary of one of this main pieces: Carinhoso.

Ah, se tu soubesses...

Pixinguinha contributed to Brazilian music history with more than hundred pieces; among the the most celebrated and well-known is "Carinhoso". The piece was originally composed as an instrumental tune in 1917, and in the 30s got lyrics from the composer Braguinha. It became an instant hit in 1937 in the voice of Orlando Silva, known as "the singer of the masses" for his huge radio success.


Lygia Pape exhibit opens in New York's Met Breuer

The Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum space dedicated to Contemporary Art, opened this March 20th the exhibit “Lygia Pape - A Multitude of Forms”, a retrospective of the artist's work. This is the solo exhibit of an Latin American artist at the Met Breuer and it portraits Lygia Pape's body of the work in sculpture, prints, and painting to installation, photography, performance, and film. The gallery will hold "A Multitude of Forms" until July 23rd.

Pape (1927-2004) is one of the key figures in Brazilian Modern Art. In 1957, as part of the "Grupo Frente" she signed the "Manifesto Neoconcreto"; and, in 1959, together with Helio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, she started the Neoconcretism movement. The movement focused on geometric abstraction and experimentation, making the statement that art is not a mere object.

In the work that spanned five decades, Pape sought to approximate artistic objects to real life, uniting geometric abstractions to body, time and space. Works such as "Roda dos Prazeres" (1967), "Divisor" (1968) and "Banquete Tupinambá" (2000) are considered highlights of the artist's career.

Learn more:

Met Breuer Website - Lygia Pape - “A Multitude of Forms”

Lygia Pape - Enciclopédia Itaú Cultural


Let us know if you did not find what you were looking for: contact us.


British photographer depicts Brazilian diversity - "Somos Brasil" Project

After travelling 22,000 kilometers photographing, interviewing, and getting DNA samples of 104 Brazilian nationals, Marcus Lyon launched "Somos Brasil" in 2016. The project intended to depict the genetic diversity that is carried by Brazilians.

The project's concept came to Lyon through his experiences in different parts of the world; as he observed how individuals relied on their "homeland" to be an important part of their personal identity. As he points out, in the United States, for instance, it is very common for groups to identify themselves through their national or geographical origins, such as italian-americans (location) african-americans (skin color). On the other hand, in Brazil, the vast majority of the population defines themselves simply as "Brazilians". Lyon was intrigued by the way in which Brazilians have no issues in holding on to their national identities.

At first, the project was thought through as a series of interviews and portraits. As "Somos Brasil" evolved, and Lyon collected his subjects personal accounts, he decided to collect DNA samples from each interviewee. The investigation confirmed that Brazilians carry in their genes traces of ethnicities from all over the world; portraying the true melting pot the country holds.

The project final outcome was the publishing of both a book and an app. Both can be used together to uncover more photos, images, interviews, and the beautiful research done by the artist.

Marcus Lyon is married to a Brazilian wife and their two children were born in the United Kingdom. How do they see their national identity? "Brazinglish", they say. The photographer states that this work is "a love letter" to Brazil, and in the project's acknowledgements, he states that while looking for understanding the people of Brazil, he could understand himself a little better. In the beginning of 2017, part of the "Somos Brazil" was acquired by the Smithsonian Institute to be part of their permanent collection.

Additional information:

- The artist's website.
- The app is available for Android & IOS .
- Marcus Lyon Tedx Talk - “Is your identity given or created?”
- Unravelling Brazil´s Diverse DNA - The Guardian

Subscribe to this RSS feed






ILC Brasil - News

The Celpe-Bras 2018.1 calendar was just …

If you are going to take the next edition of the Celpe-Bras proficiency exam, be ready! The exam registrations will happen between April 2nd and 13th. The written tests will...

21-03-2018 Hits:2588 News ILC Brasil

Read more

Newsletter December/2017

January Immersion for Beginners - Experiência Carioca - Register today! If you want to accelerate your first steps in the Portuguese language and learn more about Rio's culture, take the super-intensive...

11-12-2017 Hits:1001 News ILC Brasil

Read more

ILC Brasil Newsletter September 2017

Celpe-Bras 2017.2 Online Prep Courses - Last weeks! If you have registered to take the Celpe-Bras examination this October, there is still time to get ready and do a great exam...

05-09-2017 Hits:1019 News ILC Brasil

Read more

OAS Opens Their 2017 Selection for Gradu…

The Organization of American States (OAS) announced this last week their Brazilian scholarship program. There are 670 scholarships available for graduate and doctorate studies in Brazilian Universities, and are available...

08-08-2017 Hits:1034 News ILC Brasil

Read more