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"Céu dos Artistas"
An art exhibition that dialogues with science

Mônica Dahmouche  

This summary refers to the design of the mobile exhibition "Heaven of Artists: Celestial Art and Science", comprised mainly of reproductions of works by consecrated artists. With different styles and languages, these artists have in common the fact that they created sky-themed works or that feature celestial elements. One of the key goals of the exhibition is the display of artistic performances and creations alongside the scientific discourse about the same subject portrayed in them. To achieve this end, inflatable- or fixed-planetarium sessions , were held in different localities of Rio de Janeiro associated with an itinerant exhibition. In addition to the planetarium, other activities, that had the sky as a theme, were developed and associated with the exhibition, like stories about the sky. Between April 2013 and September 2014, the exhibition was shown in five locations in Rio and obtained an estimated attendance of 25.214 visitors. All locations mentioned above are characterized for offering few leisure options, both scientific and cultural. In this sense, the exhibition plays an important social role, as it helps balance the disparity in the distribution of cultural and pedagogical equipments in the city. Generally speaking, we consider that our main goals -- disseminating works of art by renowned authors in articulation with other types of knowledge; stimulating reflection about art in the world today and its relationship to other areas, like sciences; promoting fruition of the arts and encouraging public awareness of them -- have been achieved. Our project was financed by "Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro" and "Centro de Educação a Distância do Estado do Rio de Janeiro".

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