Salvador is a vibrant port town and the capital of the state of Bahia in north-eastern Brazil. The beautiful promenade of Salvador with its capoeira dancers and street musicians gives a perfect example of the colourful and cheerful disposition of the Brazilian people and their immense artistic achievement. These qualities are evident in the city’s flourishing art scene. Here is a selection of some of the most interesting contemporary art galleries and museums to be discovered while walking the sunny streets of Salvador da Bahia.
Fabio Pena Cal
For more than 13 years, Fabio Pena Cal has been a point of reference for contemporary art in Salvador de Bahia. Thanks to the continuing contacts established with both artists and collectors and a deeply rooted knowledge of the market, Fabio Pena Cal is able to present only the very best of what Brazilian art has to offer. The gallery showcases the works of established artists as well as those of emerging talents such asAdrianne Gallinari, José Patrício and Florian Raiss to name but a few. Thanks to the brilliant direction of its owner, Galeria Fabio Pena Cal is always up to date on the latest trends in the world of national and international contemporary art.
Paulo Darzé is a beautiful exhibition space with more that 25 years of uninterrupted activity. The gallery’s mission is that of promoting Bahia and Brazilian artists through solo and collective exhibitions and through active participation in national and international art fairs. A yearly appointment for Salvador’s art aficionados is the gallery’s collective exhibition typically held from January until the end of February. During these months, the 600 square meters of the gallery are filled with the works of the most prominent local artists allowing the public to admire the finest examples of contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Mario Cravo Neto, Daniel Senise and Monica Milan are only a few names that represent the excellence showcased by Paulo Darzé.
Palacete das Artes
This small yet fascinating museum is the ideal retreat from the bustling activity of the streets of Salvador. The villa that hosts the Palacete das Artes was designed by Rossi Baptista and was completed in 1912 in a style symbolic of the wealth and power of Bahian families; the villa remains one of the city’s most beautiful architectural masterpieces. Nowadays, the Palacete Catharino serves as a museum of modern and contemporary art with a solid permanent collection, which includes four sculptures created by French artist Auguste Rodin. Thanks to the cooperation with the Musée Rodin of Paris, the Palacete das Artes is periodically able to borrow other works from the Rodin collection for its exhibitions.
Palacete das Artes, Rua da Graça 289, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, +55 71 3117 6987
The streets, buildings, public squares and even the beaches of Salvador de Bahia have been Bel Borba’s canvas for the past 30 years. Borba is one of Brazil’s most beloved street artists and has been described as the Latin American Banksy. For his artworks, Borba uses mainly discarded items such as metal, bottles, broken tiles and driftwood and proudly says that he’ll never run out of materials as long as he keeps living in Salvador. But it’s the relationship with the people of Salvador de Bahia that inspires most of Bel Borba’s works of street art; his activity has even inspired a documentary film titled Bel Borba Aqui: A Man and a City
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