Exhibition | Remnants of the Atlantic Forest & MCB Collection

Opening: October 8 at 2:00 pm – free

Reflecting on the transformation of the Brazilian forest, passing through the exuberance of large trees, until the disappearance of species is the goal of the exhibit Remnants of the Atlantic Forest & MCB Collection, curated by Ricardo Cardim, botanist, which will be inaugurated at the House Museum Brazilian, institution of the Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo, on October 8, Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. The opening will feature food trucks in the Museum’s garden.

In addition to presenting to the public an insight into the process of advancement of urban areas over the original Atlantic Forest, the exhibition will bring, in parallel, pieces from the museum collection made with these woods – now practically extinct.

“More than talking about the process that led to the almost extinction of some species, we want to recover this ‘historical DNA’ from each tree represented in our collection,” explains Giancarlo Latorraca, technical director of MCB.

The exhibition Remnants of the Atlantic Forest & MCB Collection consists of photographic and textual panels that correlate the various typologies of wood from the collection of the MCB to the several native species in the Atlantic forest, some of which are centuries old, and which, throughout history, have been used in the confection of national and even foreign furniture. With many of them missing or in the process of extinction, the museum’s collection becomes an accessible testimony.

In the exhibition, visitors will be given the opportunity to get to know some of the primitive exuberance of Brazilian vegetation, with large trees, many more than 30 meters high, which gradually disappeared and gave way to livestock, agriculture and also for the exploitation of wood for industry and commerce. Among the woods that make up the furniture of the collection of the MCB, it is possible to find Mahogany, Cedar and Jacaranda of Bahia.

"The collection of the Museu da Casa Brasileira represents part of an ancestral forest that disappeared about a century ago. Their woods are testimonies of secular trees of jequitibás, canelas and jacarandás that have here the last existence in the form of the furniture of the collection “, affirms Ricardo Cardim, botanist and curator of the show.

The location of the museum, on the banks of the old Pinheiros River floodplain, was originally of great biodiversity, sheltering forest formations of riparian forests in damp and dry dams, which, during the urbanization, were completely suppressed and terrified.

”As an institution that preserves the material culture of the Brazilian house, largely made up of furniture built with native Brazilian woods, the garden and its tree species represented in the collection are a very important asset in educational actions, as they provide reflection on the wide use of this raw material and the consequences that have led to the end of many species, which today can only be found in the form of product, that is, the furniture, "says MCB general director Miriam Lerner.

Opening of the exhibition Remanescentes da Mata Atlântica & Acervo MCB
October 8, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Food: food trucks on site
Sound Effects: CUBQ
Free entrance