The idea of building a monument to the Discovery of Brazil came from a group of people who later formed the Association of the Fourth Centennial of Brazil. There was no tender, as was customary for the commission of public works. Rodolfo Bernardelli was invited to produce the work for free. Only the necessary expenses were paid for this project. The monument was completed in two years, a real race against time for the artist.
Muses for the facade of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro
Bernardelli is the author of the muses project for the facade of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. Based on Realism, he presents them as a fixed point to capture the attention of the viewer. The joy of the face of Dance and the taciturn features in the face of Tragedy are easily recognizable. Together, the allegories of the facade of the Municipal Theater symbolize the contribution of Bernardelli to the grandeur of the building, a beautiful example of the Carioca belle époque.
"Devotionalia" began as a mobile workshop for street children and adolescents in Lapa, central Rio de Janeiro. During 1995 it expanded to eighteen locations, covering several streets and favelas in Rio. Each participating child made a copy of their own foot or hand using the basics of sculpture, using clay, plaster, and paraffin wax. For each ex-voto made there is a corresponding message, a personal desire, recorded on video. Votives and videos form this installation, a great collective ex-voto, that was deposited in an art museum rather than in a church, not for God, but for all of society.
Sculpture Collection of the MNBA: from the Brazilian Republic to Contemporaneity Caixa Cultural Salvador
July 20 through August 22, 2010
Caixa Cultural São Paulo
September 4 to October 17, 2010
Mariza Guimarães Dias