The exhibition Palácio das Artes: 50 anos em 5 atos celebrates the 50th anniversary of Palácio das Artes - Fundação Clóvis Salgado, one of the largest centers of production, training and cultural dissemination in Latin America.
    To tell this story, the exhibition was organized into five acts distributed in five contiguous spaces in the institution's Grand Gallery. These spaces were made up of long curtains that created specific environments for each act, while also ensuring fluidity and permeability to the space.
    The first act, located right at the gallery’s entrance, worked as a space for decompression in relation to the intense flow of pedestrians and cars on Afonso Pena Avenue, where the cultural center is located in the city of Belo Horizonte. When crossing the curtain, movement sensors recognized the presence of the visitor, which then activated a sound and lighting system, bringing the experience of entering a performance stage.
    In the second act, images were transmitted on translucent screens presenting an overview of the cultural center's five decades of history. Then, in the third act, the visitor found an immersive room where 360º video mapping projections transported them to some of the most iconic shows produced by the institution, such as “Entre o Céu e as Serras”, “Nabucco”, “Pipiripau”, “Madame Butterfly” and “A Viúva Alegre”.
    In the fourth act, audio testimonies from artists, employees and visitors shared with the public small anecdotes about the daily life of the cultural center. In the fifth act, at last, some of the costumes from operas and iconic productions by Fundação Clóvis Salgado were displayed through an installation composed of suspended scenic objects and dynamic lighting, creating an intricate game of light and shadow.


Exhibition design for the exhibition 50 Anos em 5 Atos, curated by MIR Estúdio, at Palácio das Artes.

August 2021

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Collaboration: MIR Estúdio, Marcio de Castro

Photo credits: Bruna Brandão

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