Aiming to disseminate culture in Brazil, Banco BBM invests in several projects with the support of the National Program for Cultural Support, also known as the Rouanet Law.
Inventory and Identification of Botanic and Historic Collections of the Botanic Garden Research Institute of the city if Rio de Janeiro¹show hide
Throughout its 200 year history, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden has been a leading source of knowledge pertaining to Brazilian flora.
Home to Brazil’s largest collection of plants, representing the flora of various regions within the country and from around the world, it also features one of the most beautiful collections of living tropical species, cultivated in historic collections throughout the Arboretum.
The growth of the living collection and that of the institution itself, as well as the current demands related to the preservation of genetic biodiversity and the sustainable use of species and ecosystems, requires an ongoing plan of action focused on updating its knowledge base, digitizing its data, elaborating grants for its continued management and sharing scientific and cultural aspects with the visiting public.
Those needs spurred the " Inventory and Identification of Botanical and Historic Collections of the Botanical Garden Research Institute," a cooperative technical venture between Banco BBM and the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Research Institute that is also supported by the Association of the Friends of the Botanical Garden.
The project was founded with the principle objective of creating an inventory of the species cultivated in the Arboretum, including aquatic species. Its initial aim is to gather historical data and to enter those findings into a data base that will allow the Institute to monitor the management of the several collections and to create various updated platforms for sharing this important scientific collection.
¹ Information courtesy of the Botanic Garden of Rio de Janeiro through the Inventory and Identification of Botanic Collections project and records from the Botanic Garden Research Institute.
Largo da Misericórdia - 1565-2015*show hide
Largo da Misericórdia 1565-2015”, a book by urbanist Jacques Sillos, is dedicated to the region where Rio de Janeiro was founded and reveals the changes through which the Largo and the City have been undergoing up to present days. By means of 3D digital modeling and vast iconographic research, it is possible to see the Rio de Janeiro from 1565 and onwards, fully reconfigured and based on historical narratives.
The book is a refined work of historical reconstitution of that particular area. In 500 years, the Largo, located downtown, suffered deep transformations and was overlooked by several reurbanization projects of the central region. Although many still mourn the demolition of Morro do Castelo, Misericórdia is its contemporary and houses a historical heritage that needs to be praised and preserved. One of its features is Ladeira da Misericórdia, the very first public thoroughfare of the city, paved in 1567 with the same cobblestone that can be seen today, in addition to the church and hospital of same name and the National Historical Museum. This project was sponsored by BBM in 2015.
Fauna Representations in Brazil - 16th to 20th Centuries*show hide
In the first centuries of colonization, in Europe and even among the settlers, tropicalism pertaining to the New World oriented the imaginary about the living beings of Brazil. Until then, these unknown lands embodied a space that escaped the world mapped by Christians. The strangeness of Nature, wildlife and natives that inhabited the land generated interpretations that ranged between exaltation and condemnation.Throughout Brazil's History, animals shared with man, plants, and climate the representation of the tropics and of the Americas. Reeling up some time frames, we will see that the New World soon received animals that changed its face and allowed the colonization: oxen, horses, donkeys and chickens quickly established roots. At the same time, many animals were transplanted from the New World to the Old World and America, where they integrated collectors and curio cabinets.The book "Fauna Representations in Brazil" centuries XVI to XX, aims to study this transit and to demonstrate the close relationship that marks the national fauna representation and the own identity of the Portuguese America and Brazil.BBM sponsored this project in 2014.
Usages and circulation of plants in Brazil, centuries XVI to XIX*show hide
The book "Usages and circulation of plants in Brazil, centuries XVI to XIX" gathers six essays about Brazil's history, having the plants as protagonists. Plants are described in texts or images, dried or in infusions for nourishment, coloring, fibrous or medicinal, and researched in over 60 domestic and foreign collections. The analyses encompassed seas, peoples, and flora that lay beyond our usual boundaries, exploring the meanders of the plant kingdom, as complex as the empire of men. BBM sponsored this project in 2013.
Venturing into the Sertões*show hide
In 2012, BBM Group sponsored the book "Sertões Adentro - Viagens nas Caatingas, séculos XVI a XIX" (Venturing into the Sertões), which is the result of the authors’ research in over 40 institutions in the Americas and in Europe.The book contains beautiful illustrations and texts that produce knowledge of various aspects of the Brazilian Sertões.
Pierre Verger - 50 years of Photography*show hide
In 2011, Banco BBM sponsored the publishing of "Pierre Verger - 50 Years of Photography" which is the only autobiographical book of the French photographer. The book recollects the trips that comprise the trajectory of this memorable traveller who later decided to put down roots in Brazil; Salvador, more specifically. It is a revised and expanded edition of the 1982 one, when Verger was still alive. It gathers 303 images captured in five continents, providing the reader with a rich view of the images undertaken by Verger over 50 years. After leaving France and the comfortable family life in 1932, the photographer took the first steps towards a long journey that would lead him to store records of little known cultures and witness historical moments that marked the 20th century.
Scientific Committee of the Empire - 1859-1861*show hide
Origin - Family Portraits in Brazil*show hide
In 2009, Banco BBM sponsored the publication of the book Origem - Retratos de Família no Brasil (Origin - Family Portraits in Brazil), which contains photographs by Fifi Tong first shown in an exclusive event at the Immigrant Memorial Museum in São Paulo.
Margaret Mee*show hide
Grupo BBM sponsored a project involving the surveying, researching, identification and cataloging of the works of Margaret Mee that resulted in the most extensive publication of the English artist’s works every realized in Brazil or abroad.
BBM extended this project in 2009 by also supporting the "Margaret Mee - 100 Years of Life and Works" exposition held during the months of January, February and March at the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo. Nearly 120 original watercolor paintings, aesthetically beautiful and scientifically valuable works representing the artist’s extensive and detailed research focused on the mapping of botanical species, in addition to personal items, sketches, references and a timeline rounded out the exhibit that focused on Mee’s role as a pioneer in environmental preservation efforts in Brazil and around the world.
Daniel Senise*show hide
Banco BBM sponsored the traveling exhibition of works by Daniel Senise at Estação Pinacoteca in March, April and May of 2009. The exposition included some 30 works completed over the past 15 years.
A member of Generation 80, Daniel Senise (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1955) is considered one of Brazil’s most important artists, and his works have been shown at the Bienal de São Paulo on three occasions (1985, 1989 and 1998), in Venice (1990), and in numerous other museums exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.
In 2008, the same traveling exposition showed the artist’s works at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia in Salvador, at the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art and at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre.
A member of Generation 80, Daniel Senise (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1955) is considered one of Brazil’s most important artists, and his work have been shown at the Bienal de São Paulo on three occasions (1985, 1989 and 1998), in Venice (1990), and in numerous other museums exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.
Brazilian Symphony Orchestra of the City of Rio de Janeiro*show hide
2008 was a year of historic celebrations for both Brazil and BBM, which completed 150 years of operations. To celebrate this date, Banco BBM sponsored the renowned Brazilian Symphony Orchestra of the City of Rio de Janeiro, offering the public the series of concerts called Nocturnal Amethyst and the Afternoon Topaz.
A New World, A New Empire: The Portuguese Court in Brazil*show hide
Also in 2008, Banco BBM sponsored important projects regarding significant dates, such as the "A New World, A New Empire: The Portuguese Court in Brazil" exhibition held in the National Historic Museum of Rio de Janeiro, which celebrated 200 years of the Royal Portuguese Family’s arrival in Brazil.
Remarkable Trees - 200 Years of the Botanic Garden of Rio de Janeiro*show hide
Franz Weissmann*show hide
Conceived by the Tomie Ohtake Institute and sponsored by Banco BBM, "The Fifties: Experimentation and Lyricism", an exhibition of the works of sculpture Franz Weissmann on display from December of 2008 to February 2009, featured works that defined to artist’s identity and attested to the international stature of Brazilian art. The exhibition included 14 different sculptures, 11 of them which reflect the artist’s heritage as key participant in the Brazilian Modernist movement, plus another three from the beginning of the current decade that revisit and expand upon ideas formulated by the artist a half century earlier.
Rio de Janeiro in the South Sea Route*show hide
In 2007, BBM sponsored the publication of "Rio de Janeiro in the South Sea Route", which included the display of the works in the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.
* Project falling under the Lei de Incentivo à Cultura