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Sérgio B. Martins

Bernardes & Jacobsen Arquitetura, Museu de Arte do Rio, 2013, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Leonardo Finotti.

AT THE START OF 2013, no one could have imagined the wave of demonstrations that would rock the streets of Brazilian cities just a few months later—the most widespread protests in the country since the Diretas Já! (Direct [Elections] Now!)movement in 1984. The recent unrest began largely as a response to poor public services, police brutality, the perceived bankruptcy of political representation, and the government’s massive spending on urban and social “reforms” in preparation for hosting both the World Cup this June and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. Yet, at the inaugural opening of the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) in Rio de Janeiro in March 2013, well before the large-scale protests broke out, a small but loud group was able to make itself heard by authorities and VIP guests in attendance—some of whom reportedly jeered at the demonstration from behind the safety of

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