MAM Museu de Arte Moderna, Salvador

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#2 of 136 in Museums in State of Bahia
Art Museum · Specialty Museum
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MAM Museu de Arte Moderna reviews

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  • I’ve been to this MAM before and praised it. This time, nothing to praise. The collection is stagnant; the site doesn’t work, there is no information; the employees don’t know anything and service is....  more
    I’ve been to this MAM before and praised it. This time, nothing to praise. The collection is stagnant; the site doesn’t work, there is no information; the employees don’t know anything and service is....  more »
  • The museum itself is small. We tried different days to visit and each day some part of it was closed, even if google said otherwise. I bought a book at its store but when I decided to open it was... 
    The museum itself is small. We tried different days to visit and each day some part of it was closed, even if google said otherwise. I bought a book at its store but when I decided to open it was...  more »
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  • Fine. Free. Nothing special as far as the art on display but the museum buildings are interesting. Nice place for coffee or a cold drink on site. Worth the minimal trouble getting there. I would not walk there, especially from Barra. Take a taxi.
  • It’s a small museum in a very beautiful setting, right by the sea in some old Portuguese colonial buildings. The café is a great place to relax after seeing the exhibition. Overall, it is certainly worth a visit but fails to reach its full potential as the main modern art institution in Salvador. While there are interesting artworks on show, the museum fails to engage with the local community, its history and art. The social and racial background of the artists selected for the exhibition, predominantly white and upper-middle class, fails to showcase how the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador has something unique to contribute to modern and contemporary art. Artworks may represent subjects closer to the local reality, and indeed Afro-Brazilian and indigenous motives are common, but the perspective from which they are seen is that of a predominantly white elite. Indeed, some exhibited works by white artists display signs of racial stereotyping in the depiction of Afro-Brazilian subjects, which the curation fails to critically engage with. An attempt was made by the curation to include in the exhibition what they call ‘popular art’, presumably to address this gap. Yet, the chosen artworks are almost always presented as anonymous and with limited contextualisation, a poor curatorial effort which rather than building a bridge between different artistic traditions appears to make implicit value judgements about their relative rank and worth.

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