The "Pérolas" exhibit, organized by Qatar Museums, will be released in Museu de Arte Brasileira (Museum of Brazilian Art) from Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (MAB-FAAB), in São Paulo, and will opened to public from July 20 to September 28, 2014, as part of the Qatar-Brazil Culture Year in 2014.

Over 200 pieces will be exhibited - among jewels and artworks - showing the great range of colors and forms of natural and grown pearls. The exhibit will present the use of pearls throughout the centuries, both in the East as in the West, as a symbol of prestige and richness, the variations of tastes in different cultures and the changes in design of jewelry with pearls.

The exhibit will begin with a revealing look on the natural story of pearls. Will narrate about the fishing and commerce in the Persian Gulf, Europe and Asia, since the Ancient times until the present days. A collection of rare pearls and mollusks that bear pearls will indicatehow the pearls from the Gulf have been for a long time some of the most lusted after and valuable in the world. The showcase will also reveal the dangerous work methods of the pearl divers and will show the commercial practices of the tradersfrom Gulf, among examples of equipment necessary for the fishing and the valuation of pearls.

The second part of the exhibit will explore the usage of pearls in jewelry, and will point out the changes of design throughout history. With it, the showcase advances in time and reflects modernity, reinforcing the contemporary work carried out by nowadays designers.

It will also be possible in the exhibit to appreciate the growing process of pearls and their production in industrial scale, started by Kokichi Mikimoto in Japan. Mikimoto successfully developed the technology necessary to make pearls on affordable pricesto a great number of women. Nowadays, in Eastern Asia and in southern oceans, it is possible to seepearls produced in great range of colors.

‘Perolas’ will present pieces from collections from Qatar Museums, Mikimoto & Co., Yoko Londres and Alfardan, Qatar.

About Qatar Museums

Qatar Museums [QM] connect museums, culture institutions, sites and historical heritages in Qatar, and creates conditions for it to thrive and blossom. The entity centralizes resources and enables a comprehensive organization for the development of museums and culture projects, with the long term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable culture infrastructure for Qatar. Under the patronage of Your Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Headed by its President, Your Excellence Sheikh Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, QM is consolidating the efforts of Qatar in the sense of becoming a vibrating center for arts, culture and education in Middle East and beyond.

Since its foundation in 2005, QM supervises the development of the Museu de Arte Islâmica (MAI) (Museum of Islamic Art), from Mathaf: Museu Árabe de Arte Moderna (Arabic Museum of Modern Art) and Centro Turístico do Patrimônio Mundial Al Zubarah (Al Zubarah Wold Heritage Touristic Center). QM also manages the QM Gallery in Katara and the ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibit Room. The future projects include the opening of the program "Posto de Bombeiros: Artistas Residentes em 2014" (Firefighters Station: Resident Artists inn 2014) and the releasing of the very awaited Museu Nacional do Qatar (National Museum of Qatar) and Museu Olímpico e do Esporte do Qatar (Olympic and Sport Museum of Qatar).

QM is dedicated to instigate the future generations of arts, of cultural heritage and Museology professionals of Qatar. In its core is the commitment of fomenting the artistic talent, creating opportunities and developing the abilities necessary to answer to the emerging economy of Art in Qatar. By means of a multifaceted program and public arts initiatives, QM tries to expand the limits of the traditional model of Museum and create cultural experiences that overflow to the streets and try involving crowds as wide as possible. By means of a vigorous emphasis in art and culture from inside to outside and stimulating a national participation spirit, QM is helping Qatar finding its own voice, characteristic and unmistakable, in global culture debates nowadays.

About the Museu de Arte Brasileira (Museum of Brazilian Art) (MAB-FAAP)

The Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado’s Museum of Brazilian Arts (MAB-FAAP) owns its own collection of around three thousand Brazilian works of art such as photographs, sculptures, engravings, paintings among others, dated from the end of the 19th century. Among the main artists are Anita Malfatti, Victor Brecheret, Di Cavalcanti, Oswaldo Goeldi, Lasar Segall, Pancetti, Portinari, Alfredo Volpi, Cícero Dias, Tomie Ohtake, Arcângelo Ianelli, Flávio de Carvalho, Lygia Clark and Burle Marx, among others. Um painel de vitrais de A 230 square meters stained glass window panel is also part of the collection of MAB-FAAP.

Founded in 1960, MAB has been housing remarkable art expos either Brazilian or international from the main museums in the world. Among those we can highlight “Pharaohs: Treasures of Egyptian Art” (Louvre, France), “China: Imperial Art, Everyday Art, Contemporary Art” (Guimet Museum and private collections from France), “Greek Gods” (Pergamon Museum Collection. Berlin, Germany) and “Heritage from the Czars” (Moscow Kremlin Museums, Russia).

In the scope of fashion, the Museum held big repercussions international exhibits such as “Papiers à la Mode”, showing paper dresses made by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave; “Christian Lacroix – Scene Costumes”, with costumes from the Centre National du Costume de Scène (CNCS); and “The Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco Era”, in partnership with Grimaldi Forum – Mônaco.

MAB-FAAP was awarded with important prizes in the area. The most recent was granted in 2010 by the Associação Brasileira de Críticos de Arte (ABCA) to the ‘Memórias Reveladas’ e ‘Tékhne’ exhibits.

2014 Qatar-Brazil Culture Year

The 2014 Qatar-Brazil Culture Year is a one-year culture exchange program dedicated to connecting people from the State of Qatar and the Federative Republic of Brazil by means of culture, community and sport. Through a year of innovative activities of culture exchange, individuals and institutions of both countries create long lasting partnerships and strengthen the bilateral relations.

2014 Qatar-Brazil is carried out under the patronage of the President of Qatar Museums (QM), Your Excellence the Sheikh Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Historic Heritage of Qatar. Is the third consecutive year of Culture released by QM, after the success of Qatar-Japan in 2012 and Qatar-United Kingdom in 2013.