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A Work of Art – Museu da Casa Brasileira

24 August 2010 // Filed under Arts + Brazil + Posts + Reviews + Trips

Museu da Casa Brasileira or the Museum of the Brazilian House, is a small museum located on Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, not 500 meters from Shopping Iguatemi. Identical to the colonial architecture of Paraty, this 1970s building was designed after the Palacio Imperial de Petropolis. The institution was founded as a site for cultural heritage and spent the first five years of its existence finding pieces that encompass last century's Brazilian furniture and decor.

Expoe exemplares do mobiliario dos seculos XVII ao XXI, enquanto, paralelamente, abre espaco para mostras temporarias do que se produz na atualidade em objetos e design pelos quatro cantos do Brasil e do mundo.

Displaying examples of furniture from the 17th to 21st century, while, in parallel, opens space for temporary shows that are produced in actuality in objects and design by the four quarters of Brazil and the world.

When we visited, half of the museum was under renovation. So although we were able to view the armarios, duvets, bed frames, and chairs, there was few objects of modern design. The one exhibit that did was entitled "100 years of Brazilian design" and was accompanied a coffee table sized book documenting the history of Brazilian designers from the last century. My one qualm with the space was both the size dedicated to it, far too small for any larger group...like a school group, and its lack of cohesion, chairs 100 years of age were next to those not a few years old.

Yet again the reason I enjoyed this museum was not for its contents but because of the experience in the building. There is a small cafe in the complex which serves a wonderful cafe completo and modern ambiance with a touch of the antique.

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