Former psychiatric hospital Colônia Juliano Moreira, now transformed into the Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea, was the house of Arthur Bispo do Rosário (1909 – 1989, Brazil) for most of his adult life. The institution now holds the exhibition Um Canto, Dois Sertões: Bispo do Rosário e os 90 anos da Colônia Juliano Moreira, which unites for the first time the two very distinct universes the artist experienced: Jacarepaguá, near Rio de Janeiro, the city where he spent 50 years of this life, and Japaratuba, his hometown in the State of Sergipe.
The show comprises 100 works by Bispo and 50 new pieces created by ten guest artists. Curated by Marcelo Campos, the exhibition is organized in three main sections: one approaching his birth and childhood; the second is about the Colônia and the city of Jacarepaguá; and the third presents the worlds created by the artist, who was a diagnosed schizophrenic. Other than the selected artworks, each sector is composed of texts and biographical material, locating Bispo’s production in the context Brazilian contemporary art.