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  • Background

    Instituto Inhotim began to be conceived in the mid-1980s by Minas Gerais businessman Bernardo de Mello Paz. With time, this parcel of private land was transformed into a unique place, with one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in the world and a botanical collection containing rare species from every continent. The collections are used as tools for the development of educational and social activities involving various age groups. Inhotim, a Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP) has also constructed various areas for interaction with the surrounding communities. Through its multidisciplinary activities, Inhotim has continuously consolidated its role as a driving force for sustainable human development. 



    The founding of the Instituto Cultural Inhotim, a nonprofit institution aimed at the conservation, exhibition and production of contemporary art, in conjunction with social and educational actions.


    The beginning of prescheduled visits by schools of the region and specific groups.


    Opening to the public at large on a regular basis and with a complete infrastructure for visitation.


    Creation of the Directorship of Inclusion and Citizenship, aimed at regional development.


    Recognized as a Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP) by the Minas Gerais State Government.


    The federal government also recognizes Inhotim as an OSCIP.


    Receives official botanical garden status from the National Commission of Botanical Gardens (CNJB).


    Release of the Friends of Inhotim Program.


    The Psicoativa Tunga Gallery is inaugurated, with a retrospective of the 30 years of activity of the artist who first influenced businessman Bernardo Paz to invest in contemporary art.


    In Belo Horizonte, the Inhotim School project is begun, a platform of activities aimed at training in art and the environment.

    demonstrações financeiras

    Inhotim presents its accounting reports in accordance with the Brazilian standards for not-for-profit entities.


    Located in the Paraopeba Valley, Brumadinho possesses natural beauty as well as historical and cultural wealth. With a population of 35 thousand, the city has an area of 634.4 km² and is located at the end of the Espinhaço Massif and the beginning of the Western Tableland. Settlement of the region began with the arrival of the “unsubmissive” people of the War of the Emboabas who came with the aim to mine gold, free from the high taxes levied by the Crown. Together with the community of Bonfim do Paraopeba, in 1832 Diogo Antônio Feijó (aka Regente Feijó) also created the counties of Matheus Leme and Piedade do Paraopeba. The district was created in 1923, and split off from Bonfim in 1938, joining with the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte. Ever since its creation, Instituto Inhotim has established multidimensional relations with the city, as a place where city residents find work, while also serving as a driver of social, educational and cultural development. 

    Team work with us

    Administrative Board

    Ricardo Gazel


    Cláudio de Moura Castro
    Deborah Shamash
    José Carlos Carvalho
    Marcelo Teixeira
    Roberto Brant


    Antonio Grassi
    President Director


    Felipe Paz
    Executive Manager

    Andreza Marinho
    Financial Manager

    Arthur Castro
    Botanical Garden Manager

    Cristiano Maciel
    Operations Manager

    Eduardo Silva
    Procurement Manager

    Paulo Soares
    Technical Manager

    Raquel Murad
    Human Resoucers Manager



    Advisory Board

    Cláudio de Moura Castro


    Alexandre Guillermo Hernan Nogueira
    Álvaro Teixeira da Costa
    André Corrêa do Lago
    Hélio Barros
    Ivan Campos
    Joaquim Falcão
    Jorge Pinheiro Machado
    Jorge Viana
    José Israel Vargas
    Oskar Metsavaht
    Ozires Silva
    Priscila Freire
    Renato Janine Ribeiro
    Rubens Barbosa
    Rubens Ricupero
    Vicente Falconi Campos

    Art Curatorship

    Allan Schwartzman
    Chief Curator
    Fernanda Arruda
    Adjunct Curator
    Douglas de Freitas
    Associate Curator


    Pedro Nehring

    Current landscaper responsible for enriching and updating Inhotim’s gardens.

    Luiz Carlos Orsini

    Responsible for the landscaping project of 25 hectares of Inhotim, designed between 2000 and 2004.