Leitura: 8 min
Five pieces to enjoy with children
Contemporary art is a great option for kids. It is surprising, creative and many times interactive, and proposes fun, curious experiences. So how about visiting the Institute with your family? Here are five pieces you can’t miss in order to enjoy all of Inhotim’s fun activities with the little ones:
Start your visit by taking a good look at the map of the park. Currently, Inhotim has an area of 345 acres and one day is not enough to visit everything. So make the most of your time! Our reception has restrooms, drinking fountains and the Inhotim gift shops for you to take a souvenir home or buy something you forgot to bring to your visit. Read about what you should carry in your backpack to be ready here.
Follow the central boulevard. At the end of the boulevard is the Tamboril, a tree which is one of the symbols of the Institute (don’t forget to take a picture with the kids!).Take the left path, cross a bridge and you will find the Cildo Meireles Gallery. This is one of the oldest works in the Institute. The piece “Através” always surprises the children. Glass fragments, railings, curtains and other everyday materials create a maze and make us reflect on the daily obstacles and the way people relate with them.
Leave the gallery through the door opposite to the one you came in through.Keep walking and, to your right, is a little white house. Go around it to find your way in. At first sight it seems empty, but the building (dated 1874, the oldest construction remaining from the rural property which originated Inhotim) houses an installation by artist Rivane Neuenschwander on the ceiling. One of the references she used to develop her work was her own childhood, when she would look at the sky and the clouds searching for patterns. Try lying down on the floor or on the steps with the little ones to discover the images that will appear!
Hélio Oiticica e Neville DAlmeida
Continue the walk going up towards the Adriana Varejão Gallery. On the way you will find restrooms and a snack bar. You can recharge your batteries there! Take the right path towards the Cosmococa. Go through the Jardim das Veredas Tropicais (the Tropical Path Garden), with the incredible benches by designer Hugo França, and by the Troca-Troca piece, from 2002, by artist Jarbas Lopes, made up by three colored VW Beetles. A little further ahead is the building that houses the five sensorial rooms by Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida. Geometric foam, colored balloons, hammocks, mattresses and, to make things even more fun, a pool! Don’t forget to take a dip, and rest easy when you come out of the pool: Inhotim has towels for those who venture in.
After this incredible experience, show your kids the variety of botanical species around you, especially the palm trees and araceae, some of the plant families in the Institute’s collection. Keep going up towards the Beam Drop Inhotim work, 2008, by artist Chris Burden. When you get to the top, look to your right and you will find the beams that the artist dropped from a height of almost 50 yards in a performance that lasted for over 12 hours (see the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBeU-JmEvFE).Following the path is the Piscina, 2009, by Argentinian artist Jorge Macchi. The piece was made after a surrealistic watercolor by the artist which proposed an address book in which the letters were the stairs to a swimming pool. Inhotim invited Macchi to reproduce the piece in three dimensions, resulting in a construction that can be used by visitors. In the woods next to it there is a dressing room with free towels and restrooms, so take a dive with the folks!
A Origem da Obra de Arte, 2002
After you have refreshed from the heat, walk towards the mountains until you reach a gardening shed. There, and all around it, are letter-shaped vases that make part of A Origem da Obra de Arte, 2002, by Marilá Dardot. This piece invites visitors to plant seeds in these containers and transform them into words to be spread on the field. Names, feelings, promises and desires always make up the landscape. Help the children leave their message, and don’t forget to take a picture! If you share it on the Web, use the hashtag #inhotim to have your post appear to whoever searches for images of the park.
Keep on discovering the park galleries, or if you get hungry make a stop at one of the Inhotim restaurants with varied menus. Do you like our suggestions for visiting Inhotim with children? Leave your comment below!