ENTRESSÉCULOS – Changes and Continuity in the Arts in Brazil in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Sonia Gomes Pereira, assistant
Marize Malta, leader
Ana Cavalcanti, leader

Entresséculos – changes and continuity in the arts in Brazil in the 19th and 20th centuries, is coordinated by Professor Dr. Mariza Malta Teixeira, with the participation of Ana Maria Tavares Cavalcanti and Sonia Gomes Pereira. The group investigates the historical development of the arts and crafts in Brazilian society, prioritising artistic production in Rio de Janeiro from the beginning of the 19th century till the mid 20th century. Of interest is the perspective of the production process, circulation and reception, including the teaching-learning dynamic and its relationship with national and foreign art systems. The research aims to debate the coexistence of so-called traditional and academic media throughout the period, demarcating space to include experiments which do not fit into unilateral perspectives. In achieving its objectives, the ENTRESSÉCULOS group present some demarcations that are at the basis of its activities within and outside its home institution: UFRJ’s Escola de Belas Artes. They are: 1) One of the group’s main sources is found at the D. João VI Museum’s archive, the group’s headquarters, with the intention of having a substantive role in its action plan, contributing to its research policies, curatorship and technical activities. The museum’s archive is of great importance to the memory of Brazilian artistic production in the 19th and 20th centuries, from the time of the Academia de Belas Artes to UFRJ’s Escola de Belas Artes. 2) The group brings together various lines of research, as well as graduate and post graduate members, including scholarship students and collaborators. 3) In its action plan great emphasis is placed on disseminating the research and discussing its results with the research community in this field. 4) The main ways of disseminating the research are: the publication of papers, catalogues, chapters and books; organising events and exhibitions; participating in scientific meetings.