ADDED ON: 08/20/2018

Brazil’s ‘Queer Museum’ Set to Reopen

08/18/2018 | The Hindu

Brazil’s “queer museum,” forced to close last year after conservatives attacked it for allegedly promoting pedophilia, blasphemy, and bestiality, is reopening in the shadow of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. The Queermuseu, which features 200 works by 82 Brazilian artists, originally opened last year in the southern city of Porto Alegre but was forced to close by critics who accused it of attacking Christianity. The enforced closure sent shockwaves through the artistic community and triggered debate about freedom of expression and a return of censorship, three decades after the end of the military dictatorship that ran the Latin American country from 1964-85. A crowdfunding campaign raised $2,75,000 allowing it to reopen for a month, with free admission, at the School for Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro’s Parque Lage — a wooded parkland at the foot of the mountain topped by the renowned statue of Christ.

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