São Paulo Street Art Taking Over SP Museum

“The first time graffiti artist Mister Dheo went out “bombing” was in the dead of night, splashing cheap supermarket paint on the walls of an abandoned factory.  ‘I didn’t even have a name yet. I just wanted to paint, and to feel that adrenaline. I was young, and it was totally different from how it is now.’

Times have changed indeed. A decade later, Dheo doesn’t have to creep around when he wants to leave his mark. This month, his work will feature alongside 65 other street artists at São Paulo’s innaugural Graffiti Fine Art Biennale, held at the city’s prestigious museum of sculpture, MuBE.” – Source (more here)

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Short Documentary (w/ English subs)

Saving Private Sloth(s)

(the actual picture from the museum)

“A young man saw a mother-and-son set of injured and emancipated bicho-preguiças (sloths) being sold for $25 at a fair in Belém, so he bought them and delivered them straight to the Emílio Goeldi Museum for care and observation, according to the institution.

The veterinarian that is taking care of the “lazy ones”, Messias Costa, said that they are debilitated health-wise and there is no forecast for when they’ll be better. He explained that these animals are very sensitive and adapted to hanging from trees at a certain height. Just leaving their habitat means they run the risk of dying, through not finding adequate food and not being immune to diseases to which they aren’t accustomed.

In the case of the son, the risk is even larger, according to Costa. “When there exists food restrictions, the mothers of the species often abandon their offspring”, he explains. The veterinarian said the mother had her claws broken, possibly to achieve a more docile appearance. In order to grab hold of the branches, the sloths have long claws. The son is having to receive artificial food due to the state of the mother. Even so, the two were left together so as to reduce their stress of being in a strange place and having suffered bad treatment.” – Source (translated from PT)

Emílio Goeldi Museum

The Emílio Goeldi Museum is a Brazilian research institution and museum located in the city of Belém. It was founded in 1866 as the Pará Museum of Natural History and Ethnography, and was later named in honor of Swiss naturalist Émil August Goeldi, who reorganized the institution and was its director from 1894 to 1905. It is open to the public from 9:00 to 17:00 h, daily except Mondays.

The institution has the mission of researching, cataloging and analyzing the biological and sociocultural diversity of the Amazon Basin, contributing to its cultural memory and its regional development. It has also the aim of increasing public awareness of science in the Amazon by means of its museums, botanical garden, zoological park, etc.

The Museum maintains a scientific research station in the high Amazon forest (Estação Científica Ferreira Penna), which was inaugurated in 1993, with 128 mi² in the Caxiuanã National Forest, municipality of Melgaço, Pará.

Museum’s website (PT). For a great intro video in English, check out this link to a Facebook short. Keep in mind, however, that while the Emilio Goeldi Museum may be the most interesting museum in Belém, there are close to 20 other museums throughout the city.