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  • Burle Marx – Brazil’s most famous landscaper

    Apr 26, 20 • Marion • Architecture, TopicsComments Off on Burle Marx – Brazil’s most famous landscaperRead More »

    Burle Marx (1909 – 1994) was a famous landscaper and is well-known as for the green public areas and private gardens that he had designed in Brazil’s new capital during and after the construction period. Among others, may be mentioned the Praca dos Cristais (SMU), the gardens of the model quadra 308 SUL, the covered garden of the Palácio de Itamaraty (roof terrace), the Eixo Monumental, the Palácio de Justica, Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro (internal and external gardens) and other front-building green areas of  public buildings, but also f.e. the garden of the German Embassy.                                         Palácio do Itamaraty / roof terrace              Quadra modelo 108/308 SUL At the age of 19, during a stay in Germany for illness-recover-purposes, Burle Marx got in touch with the art works of Picasso, Matisse, Klee and van Gogh, which inspired him to study art. Consequently, upon his return to Rio de Janeiro, and encouraged by his friend Lucio Costa, he started at the National School of Fine Arts, where he also met with Oscar Niemeyer, Hélio Uchoa and Milton Roberto. His first garden project was the Casa Forte Plaza in Recife in 1934. The following year, while he was planning Euclides de Cunha Plaza, also in the capital of Pernambuco State,

  • Handicraft from Baniwa tribe

    Apr 23, 19 • Marion • TopicsComments Off on Handicraft from Baniwa tribeRead More »

    HOM-ing supports COOPIBEM, a cooperative of the Baniwa tribe in Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira / Amazonia by commercializing their handicraft work. Besides the production of traditional handicraft items all made of natural material, the cooperative tends to run a bi-lingual school in order to teach both Portuguese and Baniwa language to the children. It is also envisaged to develop eco-tourism in the village under sustainable aspects. The cooperative’s handicraft items are on direct sale with HOM-ing. You may even plan to visit Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira and stay in the house of tribe’s members. You have to catch the plane to Manaus; from there, you take or a smaller aircraft or the boat for a 3-4 days trip on the Rio Negro to reach the place. Your support is ver much welcomed. For more information, contact Marion by whatsup (61) 99646-

  • „Ponte Honestino Guimarães“: Who was Honestino and what happened to him?

    Mar 12, 19 • Marion • TopicsComments Off on „Ponte Honestino Guimarães“: Who was Honestino and what happened to him?Read More »

    The Ponte Honestino Guimaraes (formerly named „Ponte Costa e Silva“), had been designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built and inaugurated in 1976. Till 2015, the bridge remained to be the last public building named after a protagonist of Brazil’s dictatorship. In several attempts (1999, 2003 and 2012), the renomination of the bridge had been discussed. Finally, in August 2015, after an intensive discussion, the Câmara Legislativa do DF approved to alter the bridge’s name from „Costa e Silva“ (military president) to „Honestino Guimarães“(students’ leader), putting an end to the renomination of public buildings in Brasília as a process of redemocratization, started in 1985. The House of Deputies’ approval was celebrated as a political and ideological victory. As to José Otávio Nogueira Guimaraes, professor of history of the UnB and coordinator of the Comissão Anísio Teixeira Memória e Verdades, the bridge’s renomination will be of importance for the actual democracy: „People, by crossing this bridge, will ask themselves who Honestino was, what happened to him, and this will strengthen the necessity of reflecting about democracy and improve human rights“. Honestino Monteiro Guimarães: He was an important students’ leader during dictatorship, and dissapeared on October 10, 1973, in Rio de Janeiro, after being caught for the sixth time. He started his combat in the „movimento secundarista“ and joint the Ação Popular (AP). As a student at UnB, Honestino was elected for the Diretório Acadêmico de Geologia and, in 1967, although imprisoned, was elected

  • Espaço Cultural Renato Russo 508 Sul

    Dec 2, 18 • Marion • Cultural life, TopicsComments Off on Espaço Cultural Renato Russo 508 SulRead More »

       The story of this space begins in 1974, when sheds, that housed the headquarters of the extinct Fundacao Cultural do Distrito Federal, become the Teatro Galpao. The first play staged here was „O homem que Enganou o Diabo e ainda Pedia Troco“, by journalist Luiz Gutemberg under direction of Lais Aderne. A success of public and critic. In 1975, diplomat Wladimir Murtinho, by that time head of Secretaria de Educacao e Cultura, was enthusiastic about the possibilities of the space, which in 1977 was remodelled and renamed Centro de Criatividade. This included, besides the Galpao Theater, the Galpaozinho and the art galleries. It became a meeting point of the artists of the city. Under the name of Espaco Cultural 508 Sul, the place underwent renovations and after four years having been closed , it was reopened in 1993 with a strong vocation for training in the arts. In 2003, as homage to the leader of the band Legiao Urbana, the place was renamed Espaco Cultural Renato Russo and further consolidated itself an essential part of the artistic and cultural formation of the youth of the Federal District. Ten years later, in 2013, the space was closed once again, initially to make adjustments in electrical and hydraulic installations, fire fighting and accessibility. In November 2016, without altering its characteristics, a new reform was initiated, preserving its tradition and its history. On top of that, the

  • “A Arte Decora” – Rosana Cardoso, tiles & mosaics

    Jul 17, 18 • Marion • Cultural life, TopicsComments Off on “A Arte Decora” – Rosana Cardoso, tiles & mosaicsRead More »

    Rosana Cardoso is considered a tiles’ seeker since 30 years. What started as a hobby, rescuing old wall and floor tiles from historical sites (churches, colonial houses) to be demolished, and collecting them, turned out to become a profession. Besides restoring old pieces, the artist nowadays produces tiles with traditional motives, but also in the style of Athos Bulcao, and personalized mosaics. Her private collection counts with unique artworks of Athos Bulcao, Burle Marx and others. Shop-atelier at 510 SUL, bl.

  • Brasília Palace Hotel

    Jul 5, 18 • Marion • Gastronomia, History, TopicsComments Off on Brasília Palace HotelRead More »

    The Brasília Palace Hotel was the second building to be finalized in the new capital. Contruction works started in September 1957 and the hotel, originally named Hotel de Turismo, was inaugurated on June 30, 1958, the same day as the Palácio do Planalto. At that time, it had been decided that no other building of the new capital could be inaugurated before the presidential palace. It was the principal place to host the authorities coming to Brasília to watch the construction works going on. The building was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and possesses two artworks of Athos Bulcao: a huge outdoor tiled wall and a panel in the banqueting-hall (the former dining hall).                             With 13.000 covered square meters, the hotel was projected with a length of 160 meters and 3 floors. Composed of a metal structure, it was the first construction work using steel “Made in Brazil”. In total, 905 tons of nationally produced steel were needed. The hotel also was the first in Brazil equipped with air-condition. The banqueting-hall „Athos Bulcao” received great artists like Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, Toquinho and Vinicius de Moraes. The music “Água de Beber” was performed in the hotel bar for the first time, in 1959. Half of the hotel’s capacity hosted the American Embassy for about 10 months, from May 1960 till

  • Walking Tour “Bosque dos Constituintes & SAFS”

    Mar 30, 18 • Marion • City Tours, TopicsComments Off on Walking Tour “Bosque dos Constituintes & SAFS”Read More »

    This Walking Tour starts at the „Bosque dos Constituintes“ which is located at the lower part of the Esplanada dos Ministerios and hosts cultural institutions like the „Espaco Israel Pinheiro“ and the „Espaco Oscar Niemeyer“.       Crossing the park, we enter into the area of SAFS with its imposing architectural buildings like – Procuradoria Geral da República (PGR) – Tribunal de Contas da Uniao (TCU) – Superior Tribunal Federal (STF) – Itamaraty        You will certainly experience this part of Brasília in a new way and with exceptional different views onto buildings that you already know.        Also cultural works (originals / reproductions) of Athos Bulcao, Candido Portinari and Omar Franco can be visited during this excursion.   Availability: on any working day, for min. 4 persons Duration: 2 hours (10 – 12 a.m.) Investment: R$ 50 per person

  • Walking Tour: SBS, SAS, SCS

    Aug 28, 17 • Marion • City Tours, Topics, TourismComments Off on Walking Tour: SBS, SAS, SCSRead More »

    Eventually you already got accustomed to Brasilia’s peculiarity of abbreviations and know what SBS, SAS and SCS stand for? But even though, I guess you’ve never merged into those areas of the city, which are: SBS = Setor Bancario Sul SAS = Setor de Autarquias Sul SCS = Setor Comercial Sul May be you haven’t visit yet these parts of the city because normally parking is difficult and/or you simply feel restraint going there by yourself. With HOM-ing’s Walking Tour you will discover the architectural beauty of the administration buildings, cultural institutions like Caixa Cultural, Museu de Valores, Museu Nacional dos Correios, Casa da Cultura da América Latina (CAL) and, at the same time, witness the daily working life of the Brazilians while walking through the Galeria dos Estados and the various passages where street-vendors offer any kind of merchandise (from fresh fruits to clothes and household utilities). The tour ends – optionally – with a lunch at the restaurant “Coisas da Terra”. Duration: 2-3 hours Available: any working day (preferably starting at 10 a.m.) Number of participants: min. 4 / max. 8 persons Investment: R$ 60 per person

  • Round-tables with Dra. Sylvia Domack, homeopath from Germany

    May 8, 17 • Marion • Health Issues, TopicsComments Off on Round-tables with Dra. Sylvia Domack, homeopath from GermanyRead More »

    Homeopathy in Germany has a long tradition and education and practice enjoy a high reputation worldwide. Homeopathic treatments both for prevention and in case of diseases are seen as alternative medicine and become more and more popular. Any kind of remedies used by homeopaths is based on phytotherapy. This is the natural way to stay healthy and treat diseases, which is more recommendable than the intake of chemical-based medicine. This aspect is especially important for women during and after pregnancies, for children and for elderly persons when age-related disorders increase. Dra. Sylvia Domack gained professional experience during the last 16 years with her own clinic in Frankfurt. Being on visit in Brasilia, she offers round-tables explaining the advantages of homeopathy as a more healthy alternative to traditional medical treatment giving short introductions to various subjects, like: Wednesday, May 10: Cholesterin – is it good or bad? Risk factors for heart disease, high blood   pressure and strokes. What kind of nutrition, food or diet is really helpful. Tuesday, May 16: Diets and nutrition for sport – how you can help your body to build up strengh, duration end effectiveness in a positive and easy way. Wednesday, May 17: Nutritional care for pregnancy and children’s growth. Important vitamins and minerals for  child’s development. Friday, May 19: Boost your memory! – How well balanced nutrition may help to improve and maintain good memory, and also to avoid mental diseases (e.g. Alzheimer) The meetings take place at lunch time 12.30 – 14.30 at the vegetarian

  • Walking Tour: Brasília – Vila Planalto

    May 8, 17 • Marion • Excursions, TopicsComments Off on Walking Tour: Brasília – Vila PlanaltoRead More »

    Vila Planalto is the oldest part of Brasília where workers and engineers had been settled during the construction period of the town. The village was supposed to be demolished  after the inauguration of Brasília, but the families refused to move away. The Walking Tour shows you a picture of 50 years of urban architecture of Brasília, – a scale from still existing wooden houses to modern concrete buildings. You will live moments of day-to-day life of Brazilian village people which is complete different from the rest of the capital. Vila Planalto, being centrally located, recently became popular for urban living. Its  gastronomic scene is amazing, – you will know some of the more than 40 restaurants and lanchonetes which are mainly frequented for lunch time. And you will be shown some selected shops and services of general interest.   From the external street, along green areas, you will enjoy a magnificant view onto the Lago Paranoa and the Digital TV Tower. Availability: any day (except Sunday) with prior notice of min. 1 week before date Participation: closed groups of min. 4 – max. 6 persons Duration: 2 hours from 10 – 12 a.m. Investment: R$ 50 / person   Remarks: – The tour can also be booked by 1-3 persons; in this case, the minimum investment of R$ 200 will be charged and divided among the participants. – Single persons interested might

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