Indigenous Stools of Brazil

In the year that completes two decades, the Oscar Niemeyer Museum (MON) is holding the long-awaited exhibition "Indigenous Stools of Brazil". The opening will be on June 23, in Room 6. The curators are Marisa Moreira Salles and Tomas Alvim.

The show brings together more than 200 stools belonging to the BEĨ Collection from 40 Amazonian ethnic groups. Divided into two parts, the first dedicates to the extensive production of the Xingu Indigenous Land, located in Mato Grosso. The second part brings together other indigenous peoples from various parts of the Amazon, located in Acre, Pará, Tocantins, Maranhão, Roraima, Amapá, and Amazonas. The exhibition also includes a stool of an ethnic group from Santa Catarina and six large images by photographer Rafael Costa in the Xingu Indigenous Territory (TIX).

  • Artist
  • Curatorship

    Tomas Alvin and Marisa Moreira Salles

  • Exhibition period

    From 23 de junho de 2022

  • Until 9 de abril de 2023

  • Location

    Room 6

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"Indigenous art, Asian and African art, has always inspired artists. More and more open and plural, the Oscar Niemeyer Museum puts diverse cultures side by side that, while they converse, demonstrate their uniqueness and allow us an interesting vision of the world," says the director-president of MON, Juliana Vosnika.

She comments that, by holding the "Indigenous Stools of Brazil" exhibition, the MON fulfills one of the leading roles of a museum: establishing dialogues between cultures and territories through art.

"If we think of the original peoples as the first Brazilian designers, we can look further into the immense contribution of the indigenous people in various aspects of culture," says Juliana.

For the General Superintendent of Culture, Luciana Casagrande Pereira, with this exhibition, the Museum adds another layer to its plural approach to the arts. "Establishing a bridge with native peoples through symbolic objects of their cultures is a gift to the great public that visits the MON, this significant cultural institution of Paraná," she says.

The curators explain that the BEĨ Collection was born from an aesthetic dazzlement with the unmistakable beauty of the Brazilian indigenous stools' forms, colors, graphics, and textures. "Its trajectory starts from enchantment to a deeper understanding of their meanings," says Marisa Moreira Salles. "By approaching the art of native peoples with this grandiose exhibition, MON shows its vanguardism," comments Tomas Alvim.

Dialogue among art collections

The MON's director-president tells about an incredible coincidence with the arrival of Poty Lazzarotto's collection, officially incorporated into the Museum's collection on March 29, 2022 (Curitiba's birthday and Poty's birthday). Among thousands of works, there are drawings of Indian stools made by Poty when he spent a season in the Xingu in the 1960s.

The drawings will be available to visitors, simultaneously with the "Indigenous Stools of Brazil" exhibition, in a small section of the show, in the first-floor hall of the Museum, near the visitors' exit. "Such affinity proves the permeability of art," says Juliana.

“Indigenous Stools of Brazil”
From 23 June

Exhibition Content

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With the theme “Colonialism”, the third edition of the exhibition “Asia: the Earth, the Men, the Gods” addresses the hegemonic and mutant impulse of one group over another, which has been the tonic of the curve of civilizations. The exhibition brings to the public a selection of approximately 3,000 works of Asian art belonging to the MON collection and promotes reflection on the different interpretations of colonialism in Asia.

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Exhibition Attributes

Visual stimulus

Natural Light

Physical stimulus

Movement Restriction

Sound stimulus

Noisy Space

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Exhibition period

Until 9 de abril de 2023


Room 6


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