Baroque In Brazil

Saturday, March 18, 2006

· Minas Gerais, the Brazilian region you've never heard of, is the topic of an exhibition at the IDB Cultural Center. Though not far from Rio and Sao Paolo, the area is surrounded by mountains that helped incubate early strains of Portuguese baroque. Domestically scaled altars designed for the region's 18th-century well-to-do are highlights; the stunning "Oratorio de salao," with its Trump-worthy gilding, is flamboyant and devout. Today, some contemporary artists wrestle with the region's baroque baggage, while others resort to figurative sculpture in a naive style.

"A Beautiful Horizon: The Arts of Minas Gerais, Brazil" at the IDB Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW, 202-623-1213, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., to May 12;

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