The World Cup may be over, but there’s no need to go into soccer–er, futbol–withdrawal just yet. Grab your family or friends and head to the Coral Gables Museum to check out the timely exhibition, 12 Stadiums│12 Cities: Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination. Developed in partnership with the Centro Cultural Brasil-USA, the exhibit details the cities and venues that hosted the games and represented Brazil to the rest of the world. It’s worth checking out even if you’re not the biggest sports fan because it’s about more than soccer, it’s about life in one of the most diverse countries on the planet.
Divided into three sections — cities, stadiums, and urban soccer culture — you’ll go on a visual journey through the world’s biggest sporting event, made especially interesting by Brazil’s landscape. From Maracanã Stadium in breathtaking Rio and Mane Garrincha in the architectural gem of Brasilia to the Amazon Arena in Manaus–seriously, they put a stadium smack in the middle of the jungle–you’ll see just how ambitious an undertaking this is. Through photos, architectural drawings, and impressive scale models, you’ll get to know the places you saw on your flatscreen in a whole new way. The fan culture section packs the biggest visual wallop of them all, with videos, interactive kiosks, and soccer-related objects displaying just how powerful that little round ball can be.
The exhibit runs through September 14, during which time an assortment of film screenings, gallery nights, and even an August 28 caipirinha class will serve to perpetuate the fascination with which people — maybe even you at this point — have with this sport and this country.