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  • Março, 30. 2017

    Inhotim press room

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    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, 25. 2014

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    Leitura: 8 min

    Inhotim opens first traveling exhibition

    Inhotim opens first traveling exhibition

    Opening on December 12, the Palácio das Artes and the Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Fotografia in Belo Horizonte are hosting the exhibition Do Objeto para o Mundo – Coleção Inhotim [From the Object to the World – The Inhotim Collection]. This traveling show marks the first time that a part of Instituto Inhotim’s collection has left the institute’s facilities in Brumadinho (MG). Featuring over 50 artworks , which date from the 1950s up to the present day, the exhibition is composed of a cross-section of the collection. and examines the field of contemporary art, in the light of the institution’s collection and programs, which first opened to the general public in 2006. Co-produced by Fundação Clóvis Salgado, the show will run until March 8, 2015, after which it will travel onward to São Paulo, opening at Itaú Cultural in April 2015. It will be free to enter at all touring venues.

    The exhibition focuses on a historical moment when art expanded beyond objects to become more open to the world. In this context, elements from daily life, from real space, from politics and the body are incorporated into art and the spectator becomes a participant. For Rodrigo Moura – Inhotim’s director of art and cultural programs, and the curator of the exhibition – this is an opportunity for audiences to get to know the institute’s collection, as most of the artworks have never been shown at the park. “They are works that point out possible paths in the history of art over the last 50 years, which have allowed Inhotim to be what it is,” he explains.

    The president of Fundação Clóvis Salgado, Fernanda Machado, draws attention to the importance of the circulation of Inhotim’s collection. “We are very happy to be displaying this rich collection for the first time. We understand that it involves a bold project that aims to offer the public a glimpse at a wide variety of previously unseen artworks. We believe that this partnership allows us to enlarge the mission of Fundação Clóvis Salgado and to further expand access to culture to our audiences.”

    An exhibition path in four segments

    In the main gallery of the Palácio das Artes, historical works are placed in dialogue with more recent ones. Organized in four segments, the exhibition path begins with the neoconcretism of Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape, passes through the conceptual geometry of Channa Horwitz, Cildo Meireles and David Lamelas as well as through the avant-garde works of the Gutai group, which arose in Japan during years immediately following the second World War, and ends with action art and the presence of the body in art, exemplified by the work of Chris Burden, among others and are presented in dialogue with artists such as Gabriel Sierra, Jac Leirner, Cinthia Marcelle, and others.

    The galleries on the lower level feature smaller-scale installations by Ernesto Neto, Jorge Macchi,Mauro Restiffe, Melanie Smith, Rivane Neuenschwander and Thomas Hirschhorn. At the Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Fotografia, a historical building in the city’s downtown region, the video installation Homo sapiens sapiens (2005) by Pipilotti Rist, will be shown for the first time in Brazil. Filmed at Inhotim before the park was opened to the general public, the work explores the institute’s garden and creates an immersive environment that encourages the visitor to lie back and absorb the images projected on the ceiling.

    From the Body to the Earth

    The exhibition’s title also refers to the event Do Corpo à Terra [From the Body to the Earth], which took place during the inauguration of the Palácio das Artes, in April 1970. Organized by critic Frederico Morais, today it is considered a milestone in the investigations concerning the environmental and experimentalist art of the avant-garde movement in Brazil. Two productions made on that occasion are part of the show: Ação no Parque Municipal [Action at the Municipal Park] 1970, by Décio Noviello, and Situação T/T 1 – Belo Horizonte [Situation T/T 1 – Belo Horizonte], 1970, by Artur Barrio.


    The first days of the exhibition will feature special programming, with talks between artists and curators.

    December 12 (Friday), at 7:30 p.m. – Palácio das Artes – Sala Juvenal Dias

    The artists David Lamelas and Jorge Macchi will answer questions from curators Rodrigo Moura and Inês Grosso.

    Seating capacity: 170 people. Free admission, by order of arrival.

    Simultaneous Spanish-Portuguese translation.

    December 13 (Saturday), at 2:30 p.m. – Palácio das Artes – Sala Juvenal Dias

    Cildo Meireles, Décio Noviello and Frederico Morais participate in a conversation mediated by curator Júlia Rebouças.

    Seating capacity: 170 people. Free admission, by order of arrival.


    Do Objeto para o Mundo – Coleção Inhotim

    Where: Palácio das Artes (Av. Afonso Pena, 1.537, Centro, Belo Horizonte/MG) and Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Fotografia (Av. Afonso Pena, 737, Centro, Belo Horizonte/MG).

    When: from December 12, 2014, to March 8, 2015. Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Visits program: during the week, the Educational Program in Visual Arts of FCS will provide guided visits to both walk-in and pre-booked visitors. Groups of six people and larger require prior scheduling by phone: (+55 31) 3236-7471 or email: agendamento.educativo@fcs.mg.gov.br.

    – On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the educators propose a thematic path that further investigates the work ofartists featured in the exhibition. Starting times: Saturdays, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, at 4:30 p.m.

    The exhibition Do Objeto para o Mundo – Coleção Inhotim [From the Object to the World – The Inhotim Collection] is é realizada pelo Ministério da Cultura, tem apresentação do Inhotim e Itaú e correalização da Fundação Clóvis Salgado.


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    Setembro, 25. 2014


    Gerente de Pesquisa, Projetos e Patrimônio do Instituto Inhotim

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    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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    Setembro, 10. 2014

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    Leitura: 2 min

    The sleeping city

    The sleeping city

    Modernist sculptor Ji?í Lang probably could not imagine that, ten years after his passing, his works created in the Czech Republic during the soviet regime would be shown in Brazil. Although his work was considered promising at the time, the uniformity and control imposed by the government kept his sculptures dormant in his studio, in Prague.

    In 2011, his son, Dominik Lang, brought new meaning to the sculptures creating The Sleeping City installation.  Dominik organized his father’s forgotten pieces, fracturing and surrounding them with physical obstacles such as wardrobes, tables, among others. The work displayed at the 54th Venice Biennial can now be seen at Inhotim and suggests questioning on art’s visibility and destiny.


    Dominik Lang grew up seeing his father’s sculptures dormant at his studio.

    Since his early creations his has been interested in artistic production and space modification. Dominik Lang often stands between the role of the author and that of the architect, making ephemeral interventions that change the way we perceive objects and places. By choosing his father’s work as his raw material, Dominik creates an unlikely reunion of two generations.

    The next time you visit Inhotim, don’t miss out on the opportunity to stop by Galeria Lago and see his work up close.


    The artist took part in the installation assembly with curator Rodrigo Moura at Galeria Lago, at Inhotim. Photo: Daniela Paoliello


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    Setembro, 03. 2014

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    Leitura: 3 min

    Cloud factory

    Cloud factory

    Memories, an engine, water and soap.That is how Filipino artist David Medalla created the set of works entitled Bubble Machines. One of them, Cloud-Gates (1965/2013), is now part of Inhotim collection and goes on display at the park tomorrow, September 4.

    Medalla moved to London in the sixties and founded the Signals Gallery, specialized in kinetic art. As an important name for experimental art, he introduced Brazilian artists such as Lydia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Mira Schendel and Sérgio de Camargo to the European audience. Marcel Duchamp was enchanted by his work and rendered him an homage in the form of a sculpture entitled Medallic Sculpture.

    In 1964, the artist created the Sand Machine, and ingenious production in which a motor drives a bamboo to produce random drawings and shapes in a sand box.Shortly thereafter, Medalla used participatory art to start showing his interest in political and social issues.In Stitch in Time (1967), the artist invites the public to freely stitch words and phrases onto a piece of fabric. This way, the public becomes part of the process to create the infinite, and dialogs with experiences that go beyond his own experiences.

    Also known for his performances, whether telling stories, remembering tales or describing amazing scenes, Medalla will make an unprecedented performance at Inhotim on September 4, opening of the new works, including Cloud-Gates.

    Medalla refers to his work as being atomic, seeking to reach dimensions that go beyond the boundaries of the work itself, adding value and experiences to be lived and shared by the public.

    The artist has made the invite.Now all you have to do is plan and check it out in person!Click here and purchase your ticket.

    Text by Renan Ribeiro Zandomenico, Art and Education Mediator and the newest admirer of David Medalla.



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