The million-dollar works of art destroyed during the assault in Brazil

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The million-dollar works of art destroyed during the assault in Brazil

The radical Bolsonaristas who attacked on Sunday the headquarters of the Presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court of Brazil provoked Damage to numerous works of art that were in the palaces, some irreparable, and whose value is “incalculable”, according to the balance sheets released this Monday.

From the monumental work < strong>'As mulatas', by the Brazilian painter Di Cavalcante, even a pendulum clock that King John VI of Portugal received as a gift. As a gift from the French monarch Louis XIV in the 18th century, they appear on the lists of works destroyed or damaged by the followers of former President Jair Bolsonaro.

The damage was not limited to the works that decorated the Not only did they visit the halls of the Presidential Palace of Planalto, owner of one of the main collections of Brazilian modernist art in the country, but they also came to paintings, sculptures and historical furniture that were in the Congress and the Federal Supreme Court.

“The terrorists who invaded the Planalto Palace looted and destroyed an important part of the artistic and architectural heritage gathered there and that represents an important chapter of national history,” according to a statement from the Presidency.< /p>


“The value of what was destroyed is incalculable because of the history it represents,” said Mr. the director of Curatorship of the Presidential Palaces, Rogerio Carvalho, who considers it possible, although expensive, to recover most of the works.

Carvalho only considers “very The restoration of the watch that belonged to King John VI, whose author is the French watchmaker Balthazar Martinot and of whose productions there is only one other exhibited in the Palace of Versailles, was “difficult”. p>

In addition to the damage to the artistic heritage, Bolsonaro's followers, who do not recognize the victory of the progressive Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the October presidential elections and are calling for a coup to remove him, also caused architectural damage to the three buildings created by the Brazilian Óscar Niemeyer.

The huge windows of the three palaces were totally destroyed and several columns and walls, in addition to having The buildings that suffered blows were vandalized with aerosol spray.

Damaged works

According to a first partial balance of the Presidency, among the damaged works are 'Bandeira do Brasil' (1995), by the Brazilian Jorge Eduardo, who was found floating in a puddle that flooded the room. The first floor of the Presidency after the vandals left the fire hydrants open.

The painting 'As mulatas' by Di Cavalcanti, valued at about 1.5 million dollars. ;laresand which decorates the Noble Hall of the Planalto Palace a few meters from Lula's office, was torn into seven parts with sharp objects.

The sculpture 'O Pied Piper', by Bruno Jorge< /strong> and valued at about $50,000, was totally destroyed, while a wooden sculpture by Frans Krajcberg was torn to pieces and its parts were scattered in various places.

The list of damaged works was also included. n includes the work table of the president Juscelino Kubitscheck (1956-1961), who planned the and founded Brasilia, and the sculpture “Apocalyptic Venus” by Argentine Marta Minujín.

All the photographs that were in the gallery of former Brazilian presidents were removed from the wall and smashed. .

At the Congress venue, the list includes the stained glass window 'Araguaia', by Marianne Peretti , which decorated the Green Room of the Lower House and was completely destroyed; the bronze sculpture 'A dancer', by Victor Brecheretand that she was registered as missing, and a sculpture by Athos Bulcão.


From the Legislature, all the gifts from foreign authorities that were exposed in showcases and Even a soccer ball with the autograph of the famous attacker Neymar and which was part of an exhibition on the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

At the headquarters of the Supreme Court they were attacked the monumental sculpture 'A Justiça', by Alfredo Ceschiatti, stained with aerosols; the sculptures of historical personalities that were in the 'Hall of Busts'; and a rug that belonged to the to Princess Isabel, daughter of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil.

Similarly, in the court building, the chairs used by the magistrates and designed by the magistrates were destroyed. by the architect Jorge Zalszupin and the historic coat of arms of the Republic that decorated the main wall of the plenary court.