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Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro

If you are visiting Rio de Janeiro, we recommend that you spare a full day in the historical center of the city, called Centro, to breathe in the historical atmosphere of town and visit two very important museums. One of them is the Museum of Tomorrow, and the other is CCBB.

CCBB museums are some of the most visited museums in Latin America, and they are spread across four Brazilian cities: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Brasilia. Supported by the Bank of Brazil, which is the oldest bank in the country and was founded in 1808 by the King of Portugal, these museums host temporary exhibitions. The architecture of the buildings themselves,  which are made in Art Nouveau styles in SP and RJ, makes the exhilarating artworks even more magical.

During our visit, we came across a striking exhibition about Brazil's Amazon natives. The exhibition was showing photographs taken by the famous Japanese photographer Niomi Nagakura. During his trips in the 90s to Acre, Roraima, Mato Grosso, Maranhão, São Paulo, and Pará, he was accompanied by the Brazilian activist Ailton Krenan. They recorded the cultures of the Amazon people, including Kiribati, Gavião, Xavante, Huni Kuin, Yawanawa, Ashaninka, and Yanomami, and thanks to them, today we know more about these people.

This exhibition at the CCBB, designed by the Tomie Ohtake Institute and curated by Ailton Keenan, shows the daily lives and the people of these isolated jungles, most of them still unaware of the world outside the Amazons. The two dive into a deep conversation about the state of the world and human beings at the end, and we ponder our own lives as we end this beautiful afternoon in Rio de Janeiro.

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