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  • Março, 30. 2017

    Inhotim press room

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    Leitura: 13 min

    About Inhotim

    About Inhotim

    The Instituto Inhotim is a Contemporary Art Center and Botanical Garden located in Brumadinho, 60 km away from Belo Horizonte, MG. Its 140 hectare visitation area is made up of forest fragments and gardens, with an extensive collection of rare tropical species and where contemporary art works of international relevance are installed.

    Inhotim was conceived by the Minas-born entrepreneur Bernardo Paz and was opened to the public in 2006. It is strongly committed with the development of the community in which it is included. The Institute participates actively in the making of policies for the improvement of the quality of life in the region, either in partnerships with the public administration and with the private sector or acting independently.

    The structure and organization of the space guarantee a singular venue. In addition to breaking away from the architecture and the exhibition and visitation modes that are associated to conventional museums, the Institute offers to its visitors an opportunity of fruition and brings works of art and environmental circuits close together. Over 2 million people have visited this singular venue, one of the main touristic and cultural destinations in Minas Gerais and in Brazil.

    The Inhotim Institute is a nonprofit private entity qualified by the Minas Gerais State Administration and by the Federal Administration as a Public Interest Non-Governmental Organization (OSCIP, initials in Portuguese). Inhotim actions are supported by the Federal Act for Cultural Incentive of the Ministry of Culture.

    Contemporary Art
    Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos and installations by over 100 renowned Brazilian and international artists from 30 different countries make up Instituto Inhotim’s collection. From a collection of over 1.300 works, about 500 pieces are currently on display. The pieces have been produced in Brazil and abroad from the 1960s to the current days. They are located outdoors on the Inhotim Botanical Garden or exhibited in galleries.

    Four of the 23 pavilions are dedicated to temporary exhibits – the Lago, Fonte, Praça and Mata galleries. Each gallery has approximately 1000 square meters and large open spaces which allow for a versatile use of the area for showing videos, installations, paintings or sculptures. Every two years these spaces present a new show to introduce the Institute’s new acquisitions and to create re-interpretations of the collection. In addition, new individual projects are inaugurated every year, making Inhotim a place of constant evolution.

    The 19 permanent galleries have been developed specifically to receive works by Tunga, Cildo Meireles, Miguel Rio Branco, Hélio Oiticica & Neville

    d’Almeida, Adriana Varejão, Doris Salcedo, Victor Grippo, Matthew Barney, Rivane Neuenschwander, Valeska Soares, Janet Cardiff & George Miller, Doug Aitken, Marilá Dardot, Lygia Pape, Carlos Garaicoa, Cristina Iglesias, Carroll Dunham and Claudia Andujar.

    Botanical Garden
    Instituto Inhotim is concerned with the environment and is located amid a forest area which is a remnant of the Atlantic Rain Forest and the Cerrado, or Brazilian savanna: two of the richest environments in terms of biodiversity and, at the same time, two of the most endangered environments in the planet, regarded as world hotspots.

    From the 140 hectares of the area made up of secondary semideciduous seasonal forests, 35 are gardens. Adding to this extensive portion of land is an area protected as Natural Heritage Private Reserve which, since May 2010, is aimed at collaborating permanently with the conservation of biodiversity by connecting Inhotim to the south of the Espinhaço Mountain Chain, considered as one of the most important plant diversity centers in the world.

    The landscape works for the exuberant gardens which would eventually make up Instituto Inhotim initiated in the mid-1980s. Along time, numerous species of palm trees and native Brazilian and exotic trees from several regions in the world were acquired and adapted themselves very well to the grounds. The gardens value the luxuriance of the flora and integrate it in a spontaneous, harmonic way with the landscape and the lakes by means of pathways, stairways and patios built upon natural quartzite rock formations. These innovations have become popular in Brazilian landscape art.

    In 2010 the Institute’s expressive collection allowed for its recognition as a Botanical Garden with a botanical collection. This collection is made up by close to 5,000 species, out of which two families are noteworthy: the Palm Trees (Arecaceae) with over a thousand species and varieties, and the Philodendron, Anthurium and Calla Lily (Araceae) with over 400 species and forms – regarded as one of the largest in the world. It is also important to point out that the wide botanical collection combined with the robust structure of the Educational Plant Nursery allows for carrying out research and educational activities that collaborate for the ex situ conservation of the flora.

    Inhotim has been more and more committed with the Brazilian Network of Botanical Gardens for the development of strategies to collaborate with attaining the goals for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

    Educational Actions
    About 1,500 students from the public and private schools in Brumadinho and Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area visit Inhotim every week. The educational programs promote a number of actions to bring society closer to values related to art, environment, community empowerment and cultural diversity.

    With the proposal of aiding the critical development of the students who visit Inhotim and raising awareness on the current situation of the environment, its conservation status or how art permeates our lives, the Institute works on two fronts: Art and Education, and Environmental Education.

    In addition to the partnerships with schools, city halls and city and state Education departments, the Institute also offers free educational guided visits to the public in general in order to contextualize visitors who wish to know more about what the park offers in terms of Contemporary Art, Botany and Environment.

    For visitors, Inhotim also offers a visit program which takes place in scheduled hours and pre-determined locations.

    – The art theme visit provides a meeting between educators and visitors to discuss artists and artworks from the collection. The visit offers a conceptual outline of works on display. Starting points may be a gallery, an artist, or a specific route within the park. On average, this type of visit lasts 1 hour and happens on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, at 2:30 p.m.

    – The environmental theme tour allows visitors to walk through the gardens, see part of the landscaped botanical collection, as well as to appreciate the ornamental ponds, waterfowls and other elements that make up this space. This tour lasts one and a half hours and happens on Saturdays and Sundays, at 10:30 a.m. (leaving from the reception).

    – The panoramic visit provides an overview of the dynamics of Inhotim. By walking through a certain area of the park, the visit emphasizes landscape design and works located in the gardens of Inhotim. Lasting, on average, one and a half hours, the panoramic visit takes place from Tuesdays to Sundays and on holidays, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This visit leaves from the reception area.

    Social Actions
    In 2007 Instituto Inhotim initiated its relationship and commitment with the development of Brumadinho. This is the city in which the Institute is located, in the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area. The municipality has an area of 640 square kilometers and a population of 34,013 inhabitants (IBGE Brazilian census authority, 2010 ) and is divided into 5 districts: Brumadinho, Aranha, Piedade do Paraopeba, São José do Paraopeba and Conceição de Itaguá. The rural population is distributed into districts and settlements, including six quilombola (former slaves) communities. Four of these communities have been recognized by the Palmares Foundation for the preservation of Afro-Brazilian Culture, connected to the Ministry of Culture.

    The commitment to the social development of the local population led to the creation of the Department of Inclusion and Community Empowerment, which has operated since 2007 in three areas: Music, Art and Culture in the

    Paraopeba Valley, Land Development and CIMP (acronym for Centro Inhotim de Memória e Patrimônio, or the Inhotim Center for Memory and Heritage).

    One of the main goals of this Department is to strengthen the social capital of the municipality with the support of community or social leaders and organizations. All actions aim at the autonomy of the subjects, and have the people and the social groups as the central object of their work.

    Inhotim aims at the sustainability of the programs, the collection, management of resources and the increase in the capacity of the organizations, strengthening new or already existing leaderships. All of the projects proposed seek to guarantee the accessibility, interaction and social inclusion of the population to the concepts and processes developed by Instituto Inhotim.

    At Inhotim, visitors have several food choices, from fast snacks to more elaborated dishes. The Inhotim Restaurant has a pleasant environment and is integrated with the gardens and the contemporary art collection of the institution. The menu consists of an excellent and varied salad bar, à la carte dishes, extensive wine list, and also a variety of desserts.

    Created by designer Paulo Henrique Bicalho, known as Ganso (Goose), the Inhotim Bar is a pleasant space to have a drink with your friends and enjoy the delicious international cuisine. The menu has à la carte dishes, appetizers and light snacks. The Bar do Ganso is a bona fide art gallery with pieces signed by renowned Brazilian designers, special lighting and an ambiance referring back to the 50s and 70s.

    The cafeteria is located at the Burle Marx Center for Education and Culture and is the ideal place to enjoy a delicious coffee, the specialty of the house. Café do Teatro also has several options of hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, snacks and sweets.

    The Oiticica Restaurant is located next to the work Penetrável Magic Square #5, De Luxe. It is a pay-by-weight buffet and the menu includes salads and choices of hot casseroles. The restaurant opens on weekends from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m.

    Inhotim visitors can also check out other gastronomic spaces as the Pizzeria, the Hot Dog stand and snack bars located in the Fonte, True Rouge and Miguel Rio Branco galleries. There are sandwiches, pastries, hot dogs, cheese rolls (pão de queijo), juices, soft drinks, among other things.


    Visiting hours

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Saritur Bus Transport

    Leaving from the Belo Horizonte Bus Station (Rodoviária) from Tuesdays to Sundays at 9 a.m. (platform F2) and returning at 4:30 pm on weekdays. On weekends and holidays, the return trip is at 5:30 pm.


    Inhotim is located in the municipality of Brumadinho, 60 kilometers away from Belo Horizonte (approximately one hour and fifteen minutes). The access road is at km 500 of BR 381 highway on the Belo Horizonte – São Paulo direction.

    You can also reach Inhotim by BR 040 highway (approximately 1 and a half hours). The access road is at the entrance of Retiro do Chalé on BR 040 highway on the Belo Horizonte – Rio de Janeiro direction.

    Gift Shops
    The Inhotim gift shops are located at the entrance of the Institute and offer items for decoration and everyday use, books, toys, clay pieces, vases, plants and regional cuisine products.

    Admission Fee
    On Wednesdays, admission is free of charge. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is R$ 25. On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, admission is R$ 40. Half price for senior citizens (60+) and students (upon presentation of valid school/college ID). Children up to 5 years of age do not pay.


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    Novembro, 07. 2014

    Lana, Lívia

    Engenheira agrônoma do Instituto Inhotim


    Leitura: 4 min

    Jardim Veredas Tropicais

    Jardim Veredas Tropicais

    Inspired by João Guimarães Rosa, in The Devil to Pay in the Backlands [Original title: Grande Sertão: Veredas.“Study, sir:The buriti palm tree grows at the banks, its coconut fall into the Paths – and the waters take them away – waters replant the small coconut; then, the buriti tree aligns itself on both sides, as if it were pure math”.

    Inhotim’s Garden of Tropical Paths brings an interesting reading of typical landscapes in Brazil. The garden lies in area of approximately 6,000m2, gathering plants, paths, benches and water mirrors. Over 1,000m2 are dedicated to three large water mirrors, filled with plants that blend into the gardened area. In addition to buriti palm trees, you can also find an array of aquatic plants, semi-submerged plants, “amphibious” plants, able to survive during the rainy season and also capable of overcoming the dry season. Among other species that stand out are palm trees such as the buritiranas, dendezeiros and macaúbas, in addition to mulungus and several types of ­imbés.

    The buriti is the tallest and most abundant Brazilian palm tree, and the popular name Buriti (Mauritia flexuosa) has indigenous origins: Mbyryti, which means “the tree of life”. Thus, indigenous people consider it to be sacred.Emblematic in the rich Cerrado (Savannah) biome, it is present like any other tree in the veredas (paths) region. It forms large woods known as buritizais as it grows.

    The water found in the veredas has close relationship with the buriti palm tree, as Guimarães Rosa once again describes: “the fruits falls into the water and are dragged to other places, breaking the seed dormancy and helping spread and perpetuate the species, which has a thousand and one uses, in addition to embellishing the savannah and serving as food to several mammals and birds”. The buritizais offer refugee to several animals, as they form large clusters and serve as corridors connecting one part of the savannah to the other.

    These species are threatened in their natural habitat, as the savannah vegetation is replaced mainly for eucalyptus and excavations in search of artesian wells, causing the water level to decrease. The dry season also brings along the serious fired threats. Waterless organic matter acts as a larger powder barrel.

    The Garden of Tropical Paths is a way to represent these biomes and allow those visiting the Institute to find out the beauty and diversity of several plant species. During the month of November, this space is the theme of the environmental theme tour. Don’t miss out on the chance to take part in it.Check out the program here.


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    Setembro, 25. 2014


    Gerente de Pesquisa, Projetos e Patrimônio do Instituto Inhotim

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    Leitura: 3 min

    Everyday Beauty

    Everyday Beauty

    Until September 28, next Sunday, Inhotim will be taking part in the Museum Spring, a nationwide event promoted by the Brazilian Museum Institute (IBRAM) whose 2014 theme is Creative Museums. Among the attractions in the Institute’s program is the exhibit Beleza Cotidiana [Everyday Beauty]. The intent of this exhibit is to show the relationship Brumadinho residents have established with beauty, inviting visitors to reflect on human sensitivity and its multiple manifestations.

    Affective bonds and everyday life are also themes present in the images beautifully made by photographer Marcelo Coelho, portraying orchids grown in the homes of Brumadinho residents. In the narratives that make up the exhibit, it is possible to notice a bit of the subjectivity of the city’s residents, whose cultural richness is expressed by its musicians’ artistic sense, as well as by their religiosity and striking rhythms of Congado and Mozambique Guards.  Finally, this can also be seen in the maintenance of rituals that still show the rural heritage that survives in this society rapidly transitioning to urban patterns typical of the contemporary way of life.

    In flowers and phrases, death, memory, life, celebration and in the importance of caring, an explosion of beauty is revealed, harmonically presented in the expographic project by Esther Mourão (Ticha). Themes and flowers also appear in the diligent work of female artisans from Médio Vale do Paraopeba, whose work uncover a spring built by human hands, as we can see in the floral arrangements in the exhibit.

    Beleza Cotidiana is also the result of diligent research work carried out at Inhotim, whose purpose is to deepen the knowledge of the region and, thus, propose actions that value the local identity. Only by considering the scope of the group of studies would it be possible to listen to questionings such as the one made by Ângela Magela, orchid grower in Brumadinho: “Beauty is undeniable, isn’t it?”.

    We invite you to dive into this universe of beauty and sensibility.


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    Maio, 31. 2014

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    Leitura: 4 min

    10th Environment Week

    10th Environment Week

    Have you heard of ecological footprint? Carbon credit? Environmental innovation? These and other expressions have often come up when it comes to preserving the planet. Researchers all over the world are joining forces to think about ways to reduce man’s impact on the Earth and how to make such practices common to any citizen. Next week, this discussion will take place at Inhotim, with the 10th Environment Week, whose theme this year is People for Climate.

    From June 1 to 8 Inhotim will host an intense program with innovation workshops, seminars with special guest speakers, environmental education workshops, guided theme visits, games and a botanical exhibit. The activities propose a reflection on environmental preservation and present initiatives related to sustainability.

    Inhotim’s Blog talked to Joaquim de Araújo Silva, Environment and Botanical Garden Director at the Institute. Check it out!

    Inhotim’s Blog – This is the 10th edition of the Environment Week and the 8th to take place at Inhotim. How do you analyze this trajectory?

    Joaquim de Araújo – The Environment Week is intended to synchronize global, national and regional themes at Inhotim, and then establish attitudes based on these discussions. Throughout the years, we have found important solution for environmental issues and have reaffirmed the value of Inhotim Botanical Garden in preserving biodiversity. The Environment Week has become a forum to discuss the environmental theme at a real high level.

    IB – People for Climate is this year’s theme. In which kind of initiative do you believe people can get engaged in order to try to slow down climate changes?

    JA – We intend to bring this topic to people’s everyday lives, so that they can reflect on their way of life. Climate change and global warming are closely related to how member of contemporary society live their lives on a daily basis. We want to draw the attention of individuals, and not only of companies, about their consumption patterns and habits. The conscious use of natural resources is essential for us to reverse this scenario. We don’t have a recipe for success, but we must perceive that consuming with common sense is related to the well-being of society as a whole.

    IB – What has Inhotim been doing to reduce its impact on the environment?

    JA – First of all, we know we are responsible for flora and biodiversity conservation and we have increasingly positioned ourselves effectively when it comes to this theme. As a botanical garden, we work with several goals, including research, committing ourselves to the Brazilian reality. Now, when it comes to managing the park itself, we have established the Environmental Management System, whose purpose is to map out and create a more efficient way to operate. The actions include control and monitoring of solid waste produced at Inhotim, reduction of expenses with electric power, improve drinking water use and handling, among others. These are practical ways to ensure the Institute’s excellence in its relationship with its surrounding environment.


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    Maio, 16. 2014

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    Leitura: 4 min

    Palm Trees: Lectures

    Palm Trees: Lectures

    With one of the largest palm tree collections in the world, this coming Saturday, May 17, Inhotim will host a series of lectures focused on the botanical family.  The use of these plants in landscaping, main pointers on how to care for them, their reproduction and uses are among the themes discussed. Check out the detailed program:

    Series of Lectures – The Botanical Universe of the Arecaceae Family

    Location:  Espaço Igrejinha (near Galeria Lygia Pape) – Instituto Inhotim

    Free admission for visitors

    1st round – 10 am to 1 pm

    New and rare Brazilian Palm Trees

    Speaker: Harri Lorenzi. Agronomist and researcher, he is the founder and current director of Instituto Plantarum, in Nova Odessa/SP.  He was a visiting researcher at the University of Harvard in the United States, and has published dozens of scientific papers and books on botany.

    The use of palm trees in landscaping

    Speaker: Pedro Nehring. Landscaper at Inhotim. Ever since the place was still private property, he has been part of the history of the gardens that now form the institute.  He has carried out projects in several cities in Brazil, such as Brasília and Rio de Janeiro.

    Why study palm trees?

    Speaker: Patrícia Oliveira. Majored in Biological Sciences at Instituto Izabela Hendrix, with master’s and doctorate degrees in vegetal biology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.  She has been working at the Institute for two years and is currently part of the research, development and innovation team focused on the botanical garden and the environment.

    2nd round – 2:30 am to 5 pm

    Anatomical Studies on Arecaceae reproductive structures

    Speaker: Sarah Barbosa Reis. Majored in biological sciences at the State University of Montes Claros. M.Sc. in vegetal anatomy at the botany department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).  Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same line of research, also at UFMG.  

    The health of palm trees

    Speaker: Lívia Dias Lana. Agronomist majored at the Federal University of Viçosa. Specialized in landscaping at Instituto de Arte e Projeto, in Belo Horizonte.  She is responsible for the plant health area at Inhotim, as well as for the maintenance and revitalization of the park.

    The diversified use of palm trees in everyday life  

    Speaker: Luiz Eduardo Silva. Majored in forest engineering at the Federal University of Lavras. He is part of the plant mapping and inventory team at the Institute and is in charge of botanical identification.


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