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Guggenheim for Brazil

BRAZILIAN ART CIRCLES are variously welcoming and wary over news that Rio de Janeiro may become home to the first Guggenheim Museum branch in the Southern Hemisphere. In November, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced that it would undertake a “feasibility study” to investigate cultural projects in Brazil, but grand plans are already well along. Thomas Krens, director of the foundation, has visited the country three times in thirteen months. Frank O. Gehry, the architect behind the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, on his first-ever visit to Rio last fall, praised the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (wonderful city) and expressed his desire to build there. Rem Koolhaas, architect for the Guggenheim’s planned Las Vegas branch, is involved via his AMO research group. And Edemar Cid Ferreira, president of the Associação Brasil +500 and the Brazil-US Council, nonprofits formed to promote Brazilian

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