Science Museum will join consortium to help restore museum in Rio

07 September, 2018, 02:44 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • A worker and a museum staff member carry a piece of a rock of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

The pieces ended up in Rio because they were sent all over the world as part of exchanges, including ones between the Berlin Museum and Rio that took place during the 1870s and 1880s.

The collection also contained a painting by the Brazilian artist Candido Portinari and extensive paleontological, anthropological and biological specimens.

The National Museum of Brazil, situated at Rio de Janeiro, was completely destroyed by a ravaging fire on Sunday.

Many have linked this lack of finances to austerity measures made by Temer's government which have taken effect since he assumed the presidency in 2016, following the impeachment of ex-President Dilma Rousseff.

The burning down of Brazil's national museum and the obliteration of a significant share of the heritage of humanity stands as an indictment of a world capitalist system and a Brazilian national bourgeoisie that subordinates all questions of social policy to the imperative that a handful of individuals continues to accumulate huge riches. Don't enable us to lose our history, because it's the history of Brazil. Police held the crowd back with pepper spray, tear gas and batons.

Signs of disrepair were evident: The fencing was dilapidated, stonework was cracked and lawns appeared untended. "They're burning our history, and they're burning our dreams".

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The museum's budget had fallen from around $130,000 in 2013 to around $84,000 past year, according to Marcio Martins, a spokesman for the museum. However, over the last three years it has received 60 percent or less of this amount. Earlier this 365 days, the museum needed to make utilize of a crowdfunding online page online to lend a hand raise $7,000 to tackle a termite infestation that had forced the closure of an point out. In fact, the institution had recently secured approval for almost $5 million for a planned renovation, including an upgrade of the fire-prevention system, but the money had not yet been disbursed.

"Look at the irony".

"It's not enough just to cry, it is necessary that the federal government, which has resources, helps the museum to reconstruct its history", director Alexandre Keller said in front of the devastated building.

Reports of firemen initially struggling to control the blaze were followed by comments from Rio fire department spokesman Roberto Robadey which pointed to the malfunctioning of hydrants closest to the museum. The budget data showed that cuts to the museum's budget began under the previous left-wing government. "Water trucks were brought in and water used from a nearby lake", he told the paper. Serejo said that smoke detectors were not working.

Sa Leitao, who in July 2017 became culture minister under Temer - a deeply unpopular center-right leader - acknowledged that "the tragedy could have been avoided" but said "the problems of the National Museum have been piling up over time". Brazil's super-rich have no interest in anything other than what they can own, pouring their money into helicopters that fly them over the country's favelas to their offices in Rio and Sao Paulo and into Miami real estate and the global stock markets.


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