Almost six years after the fire, the Portuguese Language Museum reopens this month

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“I need these words written.” Likewise, with “writing” in the singular, was how the artist from Sergipe Arthur Bispo do Rosário immortalized the phrase in one of his most famous embroideries. Like so many artists, Bispo used the word as the raw material for his works in robes that made him one of the main names in Brazilian art, despite having lived half a century in a psychiatric institution.

Perhaps Bispo’s relationship with words, of need and enchantment, is the best synthesis for the Lingua Solta exhibition, curated by Fabiana Moraes and Moacir dos Anjos, which reopens the Portuguese Language Museum on July 31, almost six years after the fire that destroyed part of the Estação da Luz building.