Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Soccer Museum of Sao Paulo is hosting a temporary exhibition that features 51 photos taken in 24 countries

Children playing football before the Women's World Cup Game in China (2007), at Wuhan Sports Center. [photo: feng li/getty images]

The Museu do Futebol (Soccer Museum) is hosting a temporary exhibition titled “Ora, Bolas! O Futebol pelo Mundo” ("Oh, Damn! Soccer in the World") that features 51 photos taken in 24 countries (5 continents plus Antarctica) and they all show that even the most beautiful landscapes in the world can turn into a football field at the feet of any football lover. Among the landscapes, is possible to find: Pamplona Square (Spain), Chinese Great Wall; neighborhood of Soweto in Johannesburg (South Africa), the Galapagos Islands (Pacific Ocean), and many others.

All the Nations of these photos represent about 2.2 billion people nowadays. On the soccer field everyone speaks the same language. It is the language of the sport, of the dance, swings and desire for score. Everything together, connecting different people around the world.
Somali refugee camp in Djibouti (2008)

Among the pictures, 37 images were made by Caio Vilela and 14 are from the collection of the Getty Images Brazil. The exhibition also features 2 videos and an animation. There is also a special soundtrack prepared for the exhibition, written by Renato Lemos, where native children from 9 different countries sing various expressions used in their countries during a soccer game. The artist Regina Silveira exposes one of her pieces together with 11 official balls used in World Cups Games from 1970 to 2010.

Where: Museu do Futebol
When: December 5th to 2010, March 14th, from 10am till 5pm.
How much: R$ 6 and R$ 3 for students and retired people. For free every Thursday.

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