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  • Maio, 02. 2017

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    Inhotim featured at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington

    Inhotim featured at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington

    On May 6, residents and tourists in Washington D.C. (US) will have the opportunity to know a little more about Inhotim. The Institute will participate in the 10th edition of Passport DC, invited by the Brazilian Embassy in Washington and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

    Passaport DC will take place throughout May, with various activities encouraging residents and visitors to explore the city and the diverse cultural landscape that makes up the American capital. The event, which features street festivals, performances, exhibitions and workshops, opens the embassies’ doors for the public to visit the historical buildings where they are located. In total, 70 embassies will take part of the event, as well as more than forty DC-based cultural institutions.

    On May 6, the Around the World Embassy Tour will take place. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., more than six thousand visitors are expected. They will have the opportunity to visit the Brazilian Ambassador’s Official Residence in Washington and learn more about Inhotim, a cultural destination of international renown.

    The expansion of the Institute’s international presence is one of the outcomes of the “Inhotim: Global Change” project, carried out in partnership with the IDB since 2015, and aimed at encouraging actions related to climate change, in addition to the institutional strengthening of Inhotim.

    Exhibition at IDB headquarters in July
    During Passport DC, Inhotim will announce its upcoming initiative: the exhibit “Inhotim: At the Crossroads of Glocal Change”, which will open on July 18. For two months, the exhibition will occupy the gallery located at the IDB headquarters in Washington and present works of art from the Inhotim collection, as well as visual and sound experiences that refer to the gardens and landscapes of the Institute, providing the international public with a rare snatch of its attractions and collection highlights.


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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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    Fevereiro, 17. 2017

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    Carnival 2017 at Inhotim

    Carnival 2017 at Inhotim

    Happiness and joy! During all days of carnival season, Inhotim will be open to visitors, and that includes Monday.
    From Saturday to Ash Wednesday, the Park will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and offer a varied programming with plenty of fun!

    Toy making for the revelry
    To cheer up your visit, the Educational Station invites adults and children to build their own toys and get in the spirit of carnival! Weather vanes, confetti launchers and trinkets will set the tone and bring colors to Inhotim’s gardens.

    When: February 25 to 28.
    Hours: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Where: Educational Station for Visitors
    Public: all ages (50 participants per day limit).

    Thematic Visit – The Neo-Concrete Movement
    The artistic and literary movement known as Neo-Concretism emerged in the late 1950s in Rio de Janeiro, opposing the Concretist Movement of the city of São Paulo. Neo-concretists criticized the excess of dogmatism and rationalism expressed by Concretism, and perceived art in a more subjective and sensitive way. Among the various artists who participated in the Neoconcretist Manifesto, Inhotim features works by Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape and Amílcar de Castro. This thematic visit reflects on the importance of this movement, considered by many as a turning point in Brazilian art for influencing a considerable number of artists.

    When: February 25 and 26.
    Hour: 10:30 a.m.
    Where: Reception Room
    Public: all ages (registration starts at 10 a.m. 25 participants per day limit)

    Panoramic Visit
    Explore the many routes of Inhotim through its collections and connections. By going through a selected area of the Park, this visit highlights the Institute’s landscape design and the works displayed in the midst of its gardens.

    When: Tuesday to Sunday
    Hours: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m./
    Where: Reception Room
    Public: all ages (registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 25 participants per day limit)

    Tamboril Restaurant
    Ever thought about dining at Tamboril Restaurant in a refreshing night? Throughout February, exclusively on Saturdays, this gastronomic space will be open from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., offering a special menu for those who want to live a unique experience in the Park.

    Reservations: +5531 3571 9700

    Fares and directions
    In order to avoid waiting in lines, get your ticket at inhot.im/visite. To get to Inhotim, visitors may choose to drive or opt for shuttle vans or buses departing from Belo Horizonte. Shuttle vans depart from Hotel Holiday Inn (Rua Professor Moraes, 600) throughout the carnival season. Departures at 8:15 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. Roundtrip fare: R$60. Buses depart at 8:15 a.m. from platform 2F of Belo Horizonte’s Central Bus Station (Rodoviária), located at Praça Rio Branco, 100. One-way fares: R$33,05 (BH-Inhotim), R$32,50 (Inhotim-BH).

    While planning your visit, you may want to check on other available services, such as accommodation, internal transportation carts, and restaurant reservations. Please visit Belvitur, Inhotim’s Official Tourism Agency, at belvitur.com.br or gives us a call: +5531 3290 9090 or +5531 3290 9180. It will be a pleasure to clarify any doubt.

    We are ready to welcome you!


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    Janeiro, 28. 2015

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    Five pieces to enjoy with children

    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:

    Através, 1983-1989
    Cildo Meireles


    “Através”, 1983-1989, Cildo Meireles. Photo: Daniela Paoliello

    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.

    Continente/Nuvem, 2008
    Rivane Neuenschwander

    "Continente/Nuvem", 2008, Rivane Neuenschwander.

    “Continente/Nuvem”, 2008, Rivane Neuenschwander. Photo: Rossana Magri

    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!

    Galeria Cosmococa
    Hélio Oiticica e Neville D’Almeida

    Uma das salas da Galeria Cosmococa. Foto: Ricardo Mallaco

    Uma das salas da Galeria Cosmococa. Photo: Ricardo Mallaco

    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.

    Piscina, 2009
    Jorge Macchi

    "Piscina", 2009, Jorge Macchi. Foto: Pedro Motta

    “Piscina”, 2009, Jorge Macchi. Photo: Pedro Motta

    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
    Marilá Dardot

    "A Origem da Obra de Arte", 2002, Marilá Dardot. Foto: Daniela Paoliello

    “A Origem da Obra de Arte”, 2002, Marilá Dardot. Photo: Daniela Paoliello

    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!


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    Novembro, 07. 2014

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    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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