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Rio Grande do Sul Memorial Presents Exhibition “Swiss-Brazilian Heritage in the Amazon: Art, Science and Sustainability”

Rio Grande do Sul Memorial Presents Exhibition “Swiss-Brazilian Heritage in the Amazon: Art, Science and Sustainability”

The Swiss Embassy in Brazil and the Swiss Consulate General in São Paulo present in Porto Alegre the exhibition “Swiss-Brazilian Heritage in the Amazon: Art, Science and Sustainability”, a project in partnership with the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and the Oswaldo Goeldi Cultural and Artistic Association. The exhibition will be inaugurated on November 23 at the Monumento de Rio Grande do Sul, an institution linked to the State Ministry of Culture (SEDAC). The launch ceremony will be attended by the Swiss Ambassador to Brazil, Pietro Lazzeri, who will lead a delegation composed of the Director General of the Americas at the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulates General, the Honorary Consulates, the SwissNEX offices, and the Swiss government. Swiss Business and Tourism Centre.

“Switzerland and Brazil have a long history of cooperation in various fields over more than 200 years of bilateral relations. Exhibition “Swiss-Brazilian Legacy in the Amazon: Art, Science and Sustainability”, along with a video installation showing the photo among eleven Swiss figures in Brazil , shows how Switzerland participated in the history of Brazil throughout this period, through figures such as the scientist Emilio Goldi, the photographer Claudia Andujar, and the musical director Thierry Fischer. I am grateful for the support of the Brazilian state government. “Rio Grande do Sul and, in particular, the Ministry of Culture and Monument to Rio Grande do Sul, to allow us to move these exhibitions to a region where Swiss immigration has strengthened the strong relations between our two countries,” stated the Swiss Ambassador to Brazil.

The exhibition consists of an “Animals” section featuring drawings of 337 species of Amazonian birds, cataloged in 1900 by the Swiss zoologist Emilio Goeldi, during the period when he directed the former Barenci Museum of Natural History and Ethnography, later named the Emílio Goeldi Museum in your honour. . Visitors will be able to learn about the main aspects of the life and history of the brave Swiss naturalist, who moved to the Amazon region with his wife and six children with the aim of realizing his dream of searching for Brazilian and Amazon species. The exhibition also includes a video about Brazilian birds, as well as 22 woodcuts that make up the “Plants” section, with the theme of Brazilian flowers, works created by Oswaldo Guildi, son of Emilio Guildi, who is considered one of the most influential Brazilian sculptors. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to use augmented reality technology to bring the exhibition to life.

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In the context of Switzerland’s sustainability and environmental agenda in Brazil, in preparation for COP 30, the exhibition also celebrates, through a video, the establishment of the partnership with the Amazon Fund. In October 2023, Switzerland signed a contract to support the Amazon Fund with an initial contribution of $30 million.

“The exhibition on Swiss-Brazilian heritage in the Amazon relies on three main themes – legacy, present and future – and shows, based on the Oswaldo Goldi Associação Artística cultural collection and the Emilio Goldi Museum Barenci, what role ‘art plays in the dissemination of scientific knowledge,’” says Lani Goldi. , granddaughter of Emilio Goldi, who leads the organization.

“The Emilio Gueldi Museum completed 157 years of existence in October, as an institution that seeks to understand the social and environmental dynamics of the Amazon region. On the eve of the COP30, we have strategic work to develop a survey of the main issues related to forests and “propose solutions for their conservation,” adds Nelson Gabas Jr. , Director of Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, the research institute of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, based in Belém/Pára.

Furthermore, the public will be able to visit a video installation highlighting the Swiss presence in Brazil over the past two hundred years, through eleven emblematic Swiss figures who have left their mark on the history of Brazil, in different fields of activity, such as art, culture, science, social development and education. Innovation and sustainability. These eleven characters are:

*Adolfo Lutz (1855-1940): Swiss-born scientist, vaccine pioneer in Brazil, founder of the Adolfo Lutz Institute, one of the most famous Brazilian public health laboratories, based in São Paulo.

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*Alberto and Adriana Eisenhardt (1966): Founders and directors of Casa dos Coromín, a social enterprise focusing on education, culture and human rights in the suburbs of São Paulo.

*Claudia Andujar (1931): One of the most important contemporary photographers, also known for her participation in the struggle to protect the Yanomami Indians in Brazil.

*Emil Guildi (1859-1917): Scientist and founder of the Guildi Museum in Belém do Pará, which to this day is a reference for Amazonian studies. A pioneer in cataloging and preserving the flora and fauna of the Amazon.

*Ernst Gooch (1948): Ecologist, developed a consensual methodology for sustainable agriculture, to enable agricultural production and environmental conservation.

*George Leusinger (1813-1892): One of the most important photographers working in Brazil. Without his photographic documentation, many of Brazil’s nineteenth-century landscapes recorded and photographed would never have been known at all.

*John Luis Graz (1891-1980): Visual artist and designer, actively participated in the Modern Art Week, one of the most prominent artistic events in Brazil, which turned the Brazilian art scene upside down in 1922.

*Marie Louise Neri (1924-2020): Considered the first carnival artist in Rio, she was a great Swiss-Brazilian artist and teacher. He moved freely between the visual arts, theatre, film, television and literature.

*Roberto Mange (1885-1955): A prominent figure in the history of education in Brazil, his name is associated with the founding of SENAI, one of the most famous vocational education institutions in the country.

*Thierry Fischer (1957): Artistic Director and Conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, a living expression of the artistic relations between Switzerland and Brazil.

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*Theodor Amstad (1851-1938): Patron of cooperatives in Brazil and Swiss emigration in Republika Srpska.


The Swiss-Brazilian Legacy in the Amazon: Art, Science, Sustainability and the Image of Eleven
Swiss personalities in Brazil

date: From November 23, 2023 to January 15, 2024
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Rio Grande do Sul Monument – City de Setembro Street, 1020 – Historic Center, Porto Alegre