O Ipiranga museum located in Parque da Independência, in the South Zone of Sao Paulo reopens its doors to the public on September 8, as part of the celebrations of the Bicentennial of Independence from Brazil. The historic building, officially called Museu Paulista da Universidade de São Paulo (USP), remained closed for nine years and underwent revitalization works.
With the completion of the renovation, the museum will have two large entrances, a ticket office, an auditorium for 200 people, as well as an educational space, café, shop and temporary exhibition room. The total built-up area will be double what it was previously and will offer full accessibility via elevators and escalators and a new air conditioning system.
The scientific, cultural and educational institution has a collection of more than 450,000 units, including objects, iconography and textual documentation, from the 17th century to the mid-20th century. The materials allow an understanding of the changes in Brazilian society over time.
The works to make the new Ipiranga museum had R$ 183 million authorized through the Rouanet Law, the main tool for promoting culture in the country. Through the law, the projects receive a federal seal that is reflected in tax exemptions to supporters of the action, whether they are companies or ordinary citizens.
A model depicting the city of São Paulo in 1841 can be seen at the reopening of the museum. The work, designed by the Dutch artist Henrique Bakkenist, is composed of plaster. The piece, which measures 5.1 m wide by 6 m long, was inaugurated 100 years ago as part of the centenary celebrations of independence.
Made from photographs of the time, drawings and paintings, the work presents details of the central region of São Paulo in the 19th century. of the College.
In the Territories in Dispute exhibition, visitors will be able to observe the astrolabe, an ancient instrument used to measure the height of the star on the horizon, allowing to know the time, the best moment of the harvest, in addition to other curiosities of the astronomical calendar. The original will be in a showcase and a copy can be handled by visitors.
Modernist artists such as Mário de Andrade, Menotti Del Picchia, Tarsila do Amaral and Anita Malfatti stamped stamps, which are now part of the museum’s collection. Released by the Post Office on the centenary of the artists’ birth, the stamps will be available for viewing.
On the Bicentennial of Independence, the famous painting “Independence or Death” can be seen in the reopening of the space. The work, commissioned by Dom Pedro II to the painter Pedro Américo, was made in 1888 in Florence, Italy.
The Ipiranga Museum was inaugurated on September 7, 1895, as a Museum of Natural History and a representative landmark of independence, the history of Brazil and São Paulo. According to USP, the first collection nucleus was the collection of Colonel Joaquim Sertório, which was part of a private museum in São Paulo.
In the period of the Centenary of Independence, in 1922, new collections were formed, with emphasis on the history of São Paulo. In addition, the building gained new internal decoration, with paintings and sculptures.
With information from Agência Brasil, Jornal da USP and Agenda Bonifácio.
Source: CNN Brasil