The exhibition is on display until octuber 30th ate Museu do Meio Ambiente.
Adress: RUA JARDIM BOTANICO, 1008. TERÇA A DOMINGO, DAS 10H às 18H. (entrance until as 17h30).
Two hundred and ten years ago, on February 12, 1809, Charles Robert Darwin was born. The fifth of six children, Charles was the son of physician and investor Robert Darwin and Susannah Darwin. He studied medicine and arts, becoming one of the most renowned scientists in History. Darwin had twenty-five books published, among them On the Origin of Species, the book that completely changed the history of thought, and this year marks the 160th anniversary of its publication.
"In North America, the black bear was seen [...] swimming for hours with widely open mouth, thus catching, like a whale, insects in the water. Even in so extreme a case as this, if the supply of insects were constant, and if better adapted competitors did not already exist in the county, I can see no difficulty in a race of bears being rendered, by natural selection, more and more aquatic in their structure and habits, with larger and larger mouths, till a creature was produced as monstrous a a whale.”
— charles DarwinOn the Origin of Species, 1859
Darwin’s style is indeed amazing, a realm of powerful ideas lying behind simple questions. Inspired on the theory and the history of the naturalist, the exhibition DARWIN: ORIGINS & EVOLUTION celebrates the slow and relentless journey of questions, hypotheses and evidences that have paved the way for the theory of the evolution of species, which is currently acknowledged worldwide.
The exhibition is the outcome of the readings of Darwin’s work, of the fascination with the text that teaches us to observe, but, most of all, it is the outcome of the exchanges among curators, artists and scientific institutions that preserve and re-signify the biologic, cultural and ancestral history of mankind.
From the encounter with this house that welcomes us to the investigation of the Rio de Janeiro collections and the collaboration with contemporary artists, the exhibition aims at reliving Darwin’s journey based on a current interpretation of our history, in an open and unique way.
The period is one of fascinating discoveries, extinct creatures and fossils that tell the story of a past that escapes our eyes and goes beyond our understanding. Step by step, the evolution of species uncovers the triviality of human existence. It teaches us, humans, that we are the offspring of evolutionary pressures that have been at work for thousands of years, just like any other living creature, from the grasshopper to the giraffe. In this sense, we are not special at all.
The exhibition also tackles the struggle experienced by Darwin before publishing his theory, once he knew that what he had in his hands would change the course of History forever. We have ultimately realized that the theory of the evolution of species is definitive. According to Ukrainian geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky, “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”