Aiming to disseminate culture in Brazil, Banco BBM invests in several projects with the support of the National Program for Cultural Support, also known as the Rouanet Law.
Throughout its 200 year history, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden has been a leading source of knowledge pertaining to Brazilian flora.
Home to Brazil’s largest collection of plants, representing the flora of various regions within the country and from around the world, it also features one of the most beautiful collections of living tropical species, cultivated in historic collections throughout the Arboretum.
The growth of the living collection and that of the institution itself, as well as the current demands related to the preservation of genetic biodiversity and the sustainable use of species and ecosystems, requires an ongoing plan of action focused on updating its knowledge base, digitizing its data, elaborating grants for its continued management and sharing scientific and cultural aspects with the visiting public.
Those needs spurred the " Inventory and Identification of Botanical and Historic Collections of the Botanical Garden Research Institute," a cooperative technical venture between Banco BBM and the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Research Institute that is also supported by the Association of the Friends of the Botanical Garden.
The project was founded with the principle objective of creating an inventory of the species cultivated in the Arboretum, including aquatic species. Its initial aim is to gather historical data and to enter those findings into a data base that will allow the Institute to monitor the management of the several collections and to create various updated platforms for sharing this important scientific collection.
¹Information courtesy of the Botanic Garden of Rio de Janeiro through the Inventory and Identification of Botanic Collections project and records from the Botanic Garden Research Institute.
In 2012, BBM Group sponsored the book "Sertões Adentro - Viagens nas Caatingas, séculos XVI a XIX" (Venturing into the Sertões), which is the result of the authors’ research in over 40 institutions in the Americas and in Europe.The book contains beautiful illustrations and texts that produce knowledge of various aspects of the Brazilian Sertões.
The BBM Group sponsored the book Comissão Científica do Império 1859-1861, which describes the first scientific expedition organized by D. Pedro II through the Brazilian Institute of History and Geography - IHGB, and carried out by Brazilians in Brazil.
In 2009, Banco BBM sponsored the publication of the book Origem - Retratos de Família no Brasil (Origin - Family Portraits in Brazil), which contains photographs by Fifi Tong first shown in an exclusive event at the Immigrant Memorial Museum in São Paulo.
Banco BBM sponsored the traveling exhibition of works by Daniel Senise at Estação Pinacoteca in March, April and May of 2009. The exposition included some 30 works completed over the past 15 years.
A member of Generation 80, Daniel Senise (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1955) is considered one of Brazil’s most important artists, and his works have been shown at the Bienal de São Paulo on three occasions (1985, 1989 and 1998), in Venice (1990), and in numerous other museums exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.
In 2008, the same traveling exposition showed the artist’s works at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia in Salvador, at the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art and at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre.
A member of Generation 80, Daniel Senise (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1955) is considered one of Brazil’s most important artists, and his work have been shown at the Bienal de São Paulo on three occasions (1985, 1989 and 1998), in Venice (1990), and in numerous other museums exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.
2008 was a year of historic celebrations for both Brazil and BBM, which completed 150 years of operations. To celebrate this date, Banco BBM sponsored the renowned Brazilian Symphony Orchestra of the City of Rio de Janeiro, offering the public the series of concerts called Nocturnal Amethyst and the Afternoon Topaz.
Also in 2008, Banco BBM sponsored important projects regarding significant dates, such as the "A New World, A New Empire: The Portuguese Court in Brazil" exhibition held in the National Historic Museum of Rio de Janeiro, which celebrated 200 years of the Royal Portuguese Family’s arrival in Brazil.
Also in 2008, BBM sponsored the publication of "Remarkable Trees - 200 Years of the Botanic Garden of Rio de Janeiro", which registered this important botanic institution’s bicentennial.
Conceived by the Tomie Ohtake Institute and sponsored by Banco BBM, "The Fifties: Experimentation and Lyricism", an exhibition of the works of sculpture Franz Weissmann on display from December of 2008 to February 2009, featured works that defined to artist’s identity and attested to the international stature of Brazilian art. The exhibition included 14 different sculptures, 11 of them which reflect the artist’s heritage as key participant in the Brazilian Modernist movement, plus another three from the beginning of the current decade that revisit and expand upon ideas formulated by the artist a half century earlier.
In 2007, BBM sponsored the publication of "Rio de Janeiro in the South Sea Route", which included the display of the works in the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.
Also in 2007, the Bank sponsored the publication of "Discovery Journeys - Three Centuries of Exploration and Natural History".
Grupo BBM sponsored a project involving the surveying, researching, identification and cataloging of the works of Margaret Mee that resulted in the most extensive publication of the English artist’s works every realized in Brazil or abroad.
BBM extended this project in 2009 by also supporting the "Margaret Mee - 100 Years of Life and Works" exposition held during the months of January, February and March at the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo. Nearly 120 original watercolor paintings, aesthetically beautiful and scientifically valuable works representing the artist’s extensive and detailed research focused on the mapping of botanical species, in addition to personal items, sketches, references and a timeline rounded out the exhibit that focused on Mee’s role as a pioneer in environmental preservation efforts in Brazil and around the world.
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