MUSEUM OF SACRED ART OF PARATY

2015 Museologia Coleções

Housed in the architectural complex of Santa Rita—the city’s oldest church, declared a historic site by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN)—the MAS has received a new long-term exhibition, with the aim of further strengthening ties with local residents, their religious rites and festivals.The new visitation sequence better highlights its rich collection, which unites pieces from three other churches of the city: Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, Nossa Senhora do Rosário and Nossa Senhora das Dores.

The narrative adopted recounts the historical, stylistic and artistic evolution of the architectural complex, providing more visibility for the pieces, which now occupy the central aisle of the church, behind the sacristy–where they were displayed originally.The exhibit includes historical and iconographic information, as well as the origin and source of the collection’s most important images, and associates them with the rituals and organizational practices of the festivals staged by the local community, contextualizing their use in different fraternal orders of Paraty.The relationship with the community is also reflected in the creation of an interactive piece on religiosity, assembled based on interviews with local figures.

The collection was catalogued and restored, during the time the institution was closed, culminating in the installation of the new Technical Reserve.The organization of the collection, which is of great historic and religious value,in addition to facilitating and encouraging research, is expected to contribute to improving the flow of pieces on loan. As is customary, the objects will continue to be removed from the museum during the religious festivals of Paraty, for use in celebrations, and then returned.

MAS was included in the renewal process for the architectural complex of Santa Rita, which began in 2006, with a view to safeguarding the tangible and intangible heritage of the institution.The activities began with termite fumigation of the retables and renovation of the roof structure. The initiative also covered a new technical lighting project; restoration, recuperation and painting of physical structures—façade and interior—which date to 1722; and recuperation of part of the liturgical objects and the stages of the Passion, called the "Crowning of Thorns," inserted on the side wall of the Santa Rita Church, which form a valuable ensemble together with five other monuments on the urban perimeter.

Structural works included restoration of the roof and the electrical system, in addition to painting of the ceilings.The works were made possible with the support of Alain and Haydee Belda, and José Bento and Daniela Tonetti.The new expography, in partnership with Expomus, and the new security system, as well as the works carried out by IBRAM, also deserve mention.

During the renewal process for the Museum of Sacred Art of Paraty, the research and development of the projects also received sponsorship from Caixa Econômica Federal and Petrobras through use of the Federal Cultural Incentive Law.

 

Museum of Sacred Art is part of the tourism complex of Paraty

Declared a heritage site by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN), the city of Paraty is one of the best examples of the colonial period in Rio de Janeiro. Every year, the city welcomes thousands of visitors during the traditional religious festivals and the renowned International Literary Festival of Paraty (Flip).

The renewal project for the Museum of Sacred Art of Paraty, located in the Santa Rita Church, is designed to contribute to the development of local and regional tourism, in addition to meeting the needs of conservation for the monument and its collection.

 

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