Graffiti and Art
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 5 of 9 › view all entries
June 2nd, 2008 – by: esterrene
During my stay in Salvador I was pleased to learn that the citizens of Brazil are more accepting of graffiti artists and their work.. While out and about in the i would sometimes cross the path an artist working in a public setting during daylight hours without fear of being chased away by the police. I had inquired about the different attitude the public had towards graffiti from the CCS staff and was told that the city often commissions theses talented graffiti artists to create murals through out the city, especially during major festivals. I wish i had photographed more examples of the graffiti art. I actually thought I had taken more photos... I found Brazilian graffiti to be more sophisticated then the majority of graffiti seen in the states.
As for Non-Graffiti Art I had some mix feelings, but mostly on the positive side..
There was some beautiful sculptures and tile mosaics placed throughout the city in various neighborhoods both rich and poor.
There were a few venues for non-sculptural art in the city but not nearly as much as I originally thought there was going to be or should have been. My favorite was the Modern Art Museum located near the lower city area past the Bahia Port next to a few swank restaurants. The Building that houses the museum's modern art collection was originally a 17th century Sugar Mill plantation complete with a private family chapel.. Today it serves as a center of modern art for the community, When I had the pleasure to explore the galleries there was a wonderful exhibit if photography focusing on local spiritual practices and the connection to the past; and an avant-garde installation set up by youthful college artists.
Along with interesting art exhibits the Modern Art Museum (MAM) also hosts a cheap outdoor Jazz concert every Saturday night!! so worth going to!!!
Other museums to check out would be the Rodin Museum. There were four Rodin sculptures outside in the garden and two buildings dedicated to a more contemporary exhibit... the main house is beautiful and i must admit that it was difficult to pay attention to the art when all I wanted to do was look at the divine interior details..
another museum to check out is the Bahia art museum. It wasn't my favorite. It was an older style of art and I found most of the work to be dull and lifeless. but there were a few interesting pieces and alot of home decor pieces on display.
lastly there are a few galleries spread through out the city. But they are not always easy to spot. one to check out was a gallery dedicated to a french photographer who fell in love with Brazil. its located near the Broken Cross in Pelourihno Sq.
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