PORTO VELHO, Brazil – Artists are denouncing security at the House of Culture Ivan Morocco museum in Rondônia’s capital city, Porto Velho. Vandals have damaged some of the works desplayed in the museum and artists say others have been stolen, according to a story on portalamazonia.com.
One piece, “Conventional Loving” by artist Margot Paivas was put on display just a week ago in the museum Ivan Morocco, long enough to be vandalized. Margot says that last year another work of his was stolen. Artist Rita Queiroz said it is an old problem and that the responsibility for security belongs to the House of Culture Ivan Morocco.
According to a museum spokesman, overall security will be evaluated with the possibility of installing video surveillance cameras in all of the museum’s rooms to ensure the security of the art. A partnership with the University of Rondônia will be made to utilize students to monitor the surveillance cameras during operating hours.
Rondônia is a state in north western Brazil at the headwaters of the Amazon river. Two thirds of the state’s area is covered by the Amazon Rainforest.