Inhotim by Cesar Cardoso
One of the highlights on our 2015 “Art & Architecture of Brazil” program is a visit to Inhotim Contemporary Art Complex, which was conceived in the mid-1980s by businessman Bernardo de Mello Paz. Located about a two-hour drive southwest of Belo Horizonte, Inhotim (pronounced In-yo-cheem) has an impressive collection of works by artists from around the world. The late landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, a friend of Paz’s, designed the gardens.
The art complex has been covered by the prestigious publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. Here’s what they have to say about Inhotim:
“What Paz and his team of curators have created here must rank among the most ambitious and original contemporary art museums ever conceived. There is no single, monolithic building designed by a famous architect of the kind favoured by most institutions across the world. Instead there are 22 galleries scattered in the vast, immaculately manicured landscape, which are connected via stone paths meandering through lush vegetation.”
“Although it is often referred to as an ‘outdoor museum,’ the term is not even close to defining Inhotim’s ambitious repertoire. It’s also a botanical garden, spiritual retreat, scientific research station, cultural center and a futuristic Brazilian answer to the bucolic artistic follies of 18th-century Europe.”
“Art historians and curators often come away marveling at the sheer scale and chaotic vision that Mr. Paz has created at Inhotim.”
Path at Inhotim by Cesar Cardoso