“Dos Brasis” exhibition at the Sesc Quitandinha Cultural Center

Fri03May(May 3)10:00sun27out(Oct 27)17:00“Dos Brasis” exhibition at the Sesc Quitandinha Cultural CenterThe Sesc Quitandinha Cultural Center hosts the exhibition “Dos Brasis”, the largest exhibition dedicated to national black production.Cultural Center Sesc Quitandinha, Avenida Joaquim Rolla, 2, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro - RJ


A public success and praised by critics, the exhibition of the Brazils, which brings together works by 240 black people from the country in Cultural Center Sesc Quitandinha, was seen by more than 130 thousand people at Sesc Belenzinho, in São Paulo. The exhibition will be on display in Petrópolis from May 3rd to October 27th.

The centrality of black thought in the field of Brazilian visual arts, in different times and places, is one of the main premises that guide the curatorial process of the exhibition Dos Brasis – Arte e Pensamento Negro, the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated exclusively to the production of black artists. After spending seven months in São Paulo, with more than 130 thousand visitors, the exhibition arrives in Rio de Janeiro and will be installed in one of the main postcards of the Mountain Region: the Centro Cultural Sesc Quitandinha (CCSQ), in Petrópolis. Scheduled to open on May 3rd, the exhibition will welcome visitors until October 27th this year.

The result of work carried out by Sesc across the country, the exhibition has seven thematic groups, bringing together approximately 240 black artists, from all states in Brazil, curated by Igor Simões, in partnership with Lorraine Mendes and Marcelo Campos. Carried out through joint work by cultural analysts from the Institution across the country, the exhibition features works in various artistic languages ​​such as painting, photography, sculpture, installations and video installations, produced from the end of the XNUMXth century to the XNUMXst century. The complete list of participating artists is available at the end of the text.

The exhibition arrives in full at the Sesc Quitandinha Cultural Center (CCSQ). The 314 works that were on display at Sesc Belenzinho (SP) will occupy the halls of the monumental area of ​​the historic building, which in 2024 turns 80 years old. Some of the work, some of which has never been seen before, will also be exhibited for the first time in the outdoor area and on the lake in front of the unit. The exhibition will also offer the public a parallel program with cultural mediation and educational activities, in addition to a public program consisting of debates and lectures with guests.

Opened in 1944, a year before the end of the Second World War, Quitandinha housed one of the largest hotel-casinos in the Americas. It welcomed Brazilian and Hollywood personalities, such as Carmen Miranda and Walt Disney. It was also the stage for events that marked history, such as the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace and Security on the Continent, in 1947, and the 1st National Exhibition of Abstract Art, held in 1953. In the 1960s, after the ban on gambling in Brazil, the casino was closed and the hotel had its apartments sold, becoming a condominium. In 2007, the monumental area came to be managed by Sesc RJ, which transformed it into a Cultural Center.

Since it was reopened as a Cultural Center in April last year, Quitandinha has been occupied by exhibitions that revive the strong Afro-Brazilian identity in Petrópolis. The first, entitled “An ocean to wash your hands”, curated by Marcelo Campos and Filipe Graciano, presented a review of the history of Brazil based on non-Eurocentric narratives, designed by black curators and artists, leading the viewer to reflect on the strong memory and black artistic production in contemporary times, in Brazil and in the municipality, and its relationship with the imperial past. Afterwards, from the same curators, he received the collective “From Kutanda to Quitandinha”, in which the starting point was the territory where the building is located – a region marked by quilombos that form the city.

Exhibition | of the Brazils
From May 3nd to October 27st
Tuesdays to Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 17pm


May 3, 2024 10:00 - October 27, 2024 17:00(GMT-03:00)


Cultural Center Sesc Quitandinha

Avenida Joaquim Rolla, 2, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro - RJ

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