The Inhotim Institute, Latin America’s largest outdoor art center, is nestled in a small city about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais.
In the 1980s, entrepreneur Bernardo Paz, from Minas Gerais, built galleries to showcase his collection of contemporary art on one of his farms in the city of Brumadinho – and that’s how Inhotim started.
Paz’s friend, landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, helped him grow a botanical garden comprised of about 4,300 species indigenous to Brazil, a project that featured the world’s largest collection of palms.
But Paz didn’t want to keep the beauty to himself, so he opened the Inhotim to the public in 2006.
The Institute acts through its own initiatives, in partnerships or by supporting and fostering activities of nonprofit organizations working in these areas.
The broad and complex contemporary art collection, consisting of works by both Brazilian and international artists, open to the public at the Institute in Brumadinho, MG, 60 km far from Belo Horizonte, makes Inhotim an inescapable visit to all those interested in the latest international
movements in art.
Inhotim’s nationally and internationally relevant collection of contemporary art has been assembled since the mid 1980s, focusing on the art produced internationally from the 1960s to our days. The Institute now boasts ten art galleries, spread throughout its park: Fonte, Praça, True Rouge, Mata,
Cildo Meireles, Adriana Varejão, Doris Salcedo, Lago, Marcenaria, and Lézart. Paintings, sculptures,drawings, photographs, videos, and installations, all by renowned Brazilian and international artists, are displayed in the galleries and in the gardens. Inhotim’s collection comprises more than 480 works, of which approximately 30% are on permanent or temporary show.
Featured in the collection are contemporary artworks by celebrated names such as Adriana Varejão, Arthur Barrios, Chris Burden, Cildo Meireles, Doug Aitken, Hélio Oiticica, Larry Clark,Matthew Barney, Michel Majerus, Olafur Eliasson, Rirkrit Tiravanija & Navin Rawanchaikul, Rivane Neuenschwander, Tunga, Vik Muniz, among others.
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
How to get there
Car: 60 kilometers (37.29 miles)from Belo Horizonte through BR-040
Bus: Saturdays, Sundays and holiday