The Italian Cultural Institute of Rio de Janeiro is streaming the project ‘Urbanistica, architettura e monumenti italiani a Rio de Janeiro’ (Urban Planning, Architecture and Italian Monuments in Rio de Janeiro), a workshop which is open to the participation of students and scholars, to be held from 27 September to 10 October 2021.
The contemporary international debate on de-colonial (or post-colonial) issues, feminism and the restitution of artefacts in museums in the West seems to provide the frame of reference for rethinking the square with the recently stolen monument (bust) of Empress Teresa Cristina.
The Italian architecture and heritage of Rio de Janeiro includes the work of the architect and builder Antonio Iannuzzi, the works of Mario Vodret, the significant contributions of Gino Coppedé and Marcello Piacentini. And also Clement Busiri Vici: the italian architect designed the building of the Italian Consulate and its square, where the bust of Teresa Cristina stood.
A diffuse heritage to be re-evaluated in the context of the current strategy for the recovery of the UNESCO-protected city centre.
For more information, see iicriodejaneiro.esteri.it