Only in Brazil, a country of superlatives, would an entrepreneur envision and conceive an open-air contemporary art museum where the works and nature have equal importance – creating a unique symbiosis.
ocated in Brumadinho, a small town an hour by car from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Instituto Inhotim is one of the most incredible and surreally beautiful contemporary art spaces in the world.
Belo Horizonte’s countryside, well known for its charming culture and history, is the backdrop of a journey through rain forests, exotic plants and contemporary art – in clear relation to the open spaces and blue skies.
One may wonder: how on Earth was this space created? Only in Brazil, a country of superlatives, would an entrepreneur envision and conceive an open-air contemporary art museum where art and nature have equal importance – creating a unique symbiosis.
Inhotim was created by Brazilian entrepreneur Bernardo Paz as a space that boasts not only contemporary art exhibitions but also an enchanting botanical garden. The space was structured to guarantee a unique experience, breaking away from conventional ways of visiting a museum, merging the works of art with nature in a form of environmental circuits, allowing the visitor a sensorial experience: the sounds of water, birds, wind and the trees are not only part of the environment but carefully curated with the works of art.
With 42 hectares of gardens, which display over 400 species, and 254 hectares of forests part of the Natural Heritage Private Reserve, there is a strong commitment to conservation and biodiversity, with educational programs and collaborations abound. The gardens are perfectly integrated with the landscape: pathways, stairways, patios and natural quartz rock formations connect to lakes, art installations and galleries.
Explore the 23 pavilions and discover the works of art of world renowned and Brazilian artists like Hélio Oiticica & Neville d’Almeida, Ligia Pape, and Tunga. Other renowned artists include Janet Cardiff & George Miller, Cristine Iglesias and her sculptural ‘Vegetation Room’ – a mirrored labyrinth in the forest – and Japanese Yayoi Kussama.
Highlights also include Doug Aitken ‘Sonic Pavilion’, a site specific work where the audience can experience the sound of the earth captured via microphones and a sophisticated sound system that plays it in real time. In addition, the exuberant work of Adriana Varejão, a Brazilian artist who weaves between the forms of photography, painting and sculpture. Her work on tiles is magnificent, contemplatively displayed in one of the most architecturally striking pavilions of Inhotim.
The museum also affords beautiful restaurants, a seasonal program of performances, events and wonderful stores.
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