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Bolsonaro supporters destroyed valuable works of art in Sunday’s assault on Brazil’s government headquarters

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São Paulo, Brazil – In the days following Sunday’s assault on Brazil’s government headquarters by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, authorities are taking stock of the damage. Among the wreckage are valuable works of art, antique furniture and gifts to Brazil from foreign governments.

Insurrectionists breached the barriers surrounding the government headquarters in the capital city of Brasília and laid an hours-long siege to government offices including the Supreme Court, Congress and the Planalto Palace, the official workplace of the president. None of the offices were in session when the mob broke in.

At the Planalto Palace, vandals destroyed important artistic and architectural works of art, and although a detailed survey of the damage hasn’t been fully carried out, a preliminary assessment has already identified damage to iconic pieces. 

One such piece is the painting “Mulatas,” by the famous Brazilian painter Di Cavalcanti. Valued at R$ 8 million (USD $1.6 million), the piece was reportedly torn at seven different points. One bronze and one wooden sculpture were also completely destroyed according to the government. 

It has also been reported that the president’s gallery inside the Planalto Palace has been completely destroyed, all of the photos having been torn from the walls.

A work table belonging to former President Juscelino Kubitschek, who was responsible for building the capital  Brasília in the 1950s, was reportedly used as a barricade by insurrectionists. A full assessment of the damage to the table is still pending. 

Found floating in a pool of water after vandals flooded an entire floor by opening fire hydrants was “Bandeira do Brasil” (Flag of Brazil), a 1995 painting by Brazilian artist Jorge Eduardo, which served as a backdrop for speeches by many Brazilian heads of

São Paulo, Brazil – In the days following Sunday’s assault on Brazil’s government headquarters by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, authorities are taking stock of the damage. Among the wreckage are valuable works of art, antique furniture and gifts to Brazil from foreign governments. Insurrectionists breached the barriers surrounding the government headquarters in the capital city of Brasília and laid an hours-long siege to government offices including the Supreme Court, Congress and the Planalto Palace, the official workplace of the president.

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