As the favourite city of many international globetrotters, Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s true cultural hotspots. Home to a broad selection of incredible art galleries – from underground exhibition spaces to architectural wonders complete with floor to ceiling windows – lovers of contemporary art in all of its forms will never want to leave this bustling metropolis. We update our guide to the top nine art galleries in Rio.
Ernesto Neto, Gabriela Machado, Derlon, Malu Saddi and Victor Arruda are just some of the incredible artists whose creations can be admired at the Artur Fidalgo Gallery. Having opened its doors to the art fanatics of Rio back in 1987, this gallery is one of the most established smaller exhibition spaces within the city. Showcasing works by both emerging and internationally acclaimed artists, the Artur Fidalgo Gallery believes in displaying diversity and innovation in each of its exhibitions. A more personal and intimate gallery than many, Artur Fidalgo is the perfect place for peace and quiet, offering the chance to enjoy solitary appreciation of fine pieces of art in this constantly busy city.
Artur Fidalgo, R. Siqueira Campos 143 ljs.147 to 150 2nd floor, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2549 6278
Museu de Arte do Rio
One of the most recent additions to Rio’s cultural scene, the Museu de Arte do Rio was opened just last year in a bid to shake up, renew and revitalise the city’s artistic footprint in the run up to the 2014 World Cup. Designed by the amazingly talented architects of Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura, the gallery is split between three buildings, all of which are joined together by one gigantic roof. The Museu de Arte do Rio is home to over 3000 pieces of art, which are rotated in its exhibitions throughout the year, giving locals reason to visit time and time again, sure to always see something new.
Museu de Arte do Rio, Praça Mauá 5 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3031 2741
Museu Internacional de Arte Naif
Home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of contemporary naive art in Brazil, the Museu Internacional de Arte Naif is home to more than 5000 artworks created by Brazilian artists from every state throughout the country as well as boasting works by international artists from 100 different countries. The term ‘naive art’ was first used to describe the artistic style of Henri Rousseau, who was deemed not to fit in with other artistic movements of his time, due to his work being so avant-garde. Today, the term is used to include works of art that display effortless truth and originality, inspired by emotions and created using non-standard techniques.
Museu Internacional de Arte Naif, Rua Cosme Velho 561, Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2205 8612
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