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Brazilian museum receives 139 works of art seized from Petrobras corruption scandal

Saturday, March 21st 2015 - 06:36 UTC
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Local media reported that the majority of artwork was seized from Petrobras’ former director of services Renato Duque, who was arrested Monday. Local media reported that the majority of artwork was seized from Petrobras’ former director of services Renato Duque, who was arrested Monday.

A Brazilian museum received 139 works of art, including a painting by Joan Miro, seized from individuals involved in the corruption scandal rocking state oil giant Petrobras. Works by Brazilian artists Djanira and Heitor dos Prazeres were among the trove that police delivered to the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in the city of Curitiba.

 Local media reported that the majority of artwork was seized from Petrobras’former director of services Renato Duque, who was arrested Monday.

He was detained in connection with a kickbacks and political payoffs scheme that allegedly siphoned off 3.8 billion dollars from Petrobras.

Another 64 seized works had already been given to the museum, including pieces by Salvador Dali and Vik Muniz.

After a quarantine period during which the works‘condition will be examined, the art will “probably” be available for the public to see, a member of the museum‘s press team told local media.

Prosecutors say Petrobras awarded inflated contracts to some of the country’s biggest construction companies over a 10-year-period, generating a flood of dirty money used to bribe company officials and pay off politicians.

Nearly 50 politicians, many of them congressional allies of President Dilma Rousseff or leaders of her Workers Party, are under investigation.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • ilsen

    Today, [in Brazil], the abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being [Lula], or a substance [PETROBRAS - oil]. It is the generation by models of a real {pun intended!}, without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it. It is nevertheless the map that precedes the territory—precession of simulacra—that engenders the territory, and if one must return to the fable [PT], today it is the territory whose shreds slowly rot across the extent of the map. It is the Real, and not the map, whose vestiges (!) persist here and there in the deserts that are no longer those of the Empire, but ours. The desert of the Real itself.

    with thanks, (and apologies!), to Jean Baudrillard

    yours, humbly,
    ~ilsen

    Mar 22nd, 2015 - 04:17 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    Ilsen, your name is Jean Baudrillard? Are you French?

    Mar 22nd, 2015 - 01:56 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    ilsen

    At first you gave me the impression you were half way through a bottle of Merlot, but then it became clear your creative editing and modification... Bravo!

    I struggled through reading Jean Baudrillard in post graduate studies.

    I just love how Socialists live to the standards of “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal”.

    Mar 22nd, 2015 - 02:09 pm 0
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