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Special Postal Issue | The Brazil Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020

About the Stamps

The visual identity of the Brazilian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai reflects the pavilion’s architectural design and the curatorial north of its programming. Based on this principle, the stamp collection inherits the luminous presence of its chromatic palette, associated with a synthetic design of the already graphic Brazilian pavilion. Computer graphics techniques were used. (Celso Longo and Daniel Trench)

The Brazil Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

170 years ago, in 1851, the English government gathered for the first time manufactured products from various parts of the world in the same place, the Crystal Palace, thus giving rise to the Universal Exhibition or World Fair, now better known as Expo, consolidating itself as a space for business and entertainment, attracting thousands of visitors each edition. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Expo in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, had its opening postponed by one year, taking place in October 2021.

The stamp which celebrates the Brazilian participation in Expo 2020 Dubai reflects the architectural design of the Pavilion: a light and translucent structure that transforms throughout the day, absorbing sunlight and, at dusk, support for projections that animate the interior of the building, a large water square. As in periods of flood, when the river advances over its banks, flooding what was previously land, floods the entire Brazilian ground in Dubai with a thin layer of water, reflecting the projections, expanding the environment’s playful and immersive feature. A continuous and dark topography, made of stone, has its poetic theme in the Rio Negro, drawing meanders, small beaches and backwaters.

Water, the primordial source and food of all life on Earth, is also an extremely important mean of transport and communication for human civilization, as well as an element of amusement for sociability, allowing a rich use of inhabited environments. At the same time, it is an increasingly threatened natural resource, both from extinction and contamination. As the country that has the greatest water wealth in the world, Brazil needs to be the protagonist in an international policy of defense and enjoyment of the waters. Policy based on preservation and enhancement of natural resources through technology. This is the focus of the Brazilian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Apex-Brasil - The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency

Ben-Avid Studio, JPG.ARQ, MMBB Architects,

Guilherme Wisnik and Alexandre Benoit

Technical Details

Stamp issue N. 20

Art: Ben-Avid, JPG.ARQ and MMBB

Print system: offset

Paper: gummed chalky paper

Sheet with 12 stamps

Facial value: R$ 5.20

Issue: 120,000 stamps (40,000 of each)

Design area: 44 x 26mm

Stamp dimensions: 44 x 26mm

Perforation: 11 x 11.5

Date of issue: October 18th, 2021

Place of issue: Brasília/DF

Printing: Brazilian Mint

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