Are you on a cultural tour of Brazil? No matter what city you are in, there is sure to be a museum that you can’t miss.
Vast majority of the museums are in São Paulo
Historically, it’s in been São Paulo where there are many museums. The city’s Biennale was initiated in 1951, after the one in Venice and before Paris.
1.Pinacoteca, the oldest art museum in São Paulo
The oldest art museum in São Paulo; a classic that you can’t miss. Founded in 1905, there are now three locations: one in Ibirapuera park, the Estação Pinacoteca (Pinacoteca Station) and the headquarters in Parque da Luz. With expositions dedicated to the 20th century, there are more than 8000 works of art with the majority being Brazilian pieces dating from the 19th and the 20th century.
Praça da Luz, 2 – Luz, São Paulo – SP, 01120-010
2.MASP, or the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand
A must in São Paulo; its large architecture and it’s location will remind you of the Pompidou center, built right in the heart of the city with large spaces around it occupied by people with dreadlocks who try and sell you artisanal (handmade) bracelets. Founded in 1947, the museum has been in its current location since 1968 when the architect Lina Bo Bardi designed it.
The museum houses the largest collection of western art in Latin America, with works dating from antiques to modern pieces.
Avenida Paulista, 1578 – Bela Vista, São Paulo
3.O Edificio triangulo, gallery of contemporary art in Itaim Bibi
Close to rua Pedroso Alvarenga in Itaim Bibi, is one the most important and most respected contemporary art galleries of São Paulo. It played a key role in rise of Brazilian artists in the current art scene.
The nicest view in Rio de Janeiro
4.MAC Niterói, Oscar Niemeyer’s museum
The MAC Niterói in Rio de Janeiro is also one of the works of art of Oscar Niemeyer, which has become a symbol often found on Rio post cards. Abstract and realist pieces, all dating from the beginning of the 20th century. The MAC has the second largest collection of contemporary art in Brazil providing access to 1300 pieces.
Mirante da Boa Viagem, s/n, Boa Viagem, Niterói – RJ
Brazilian art in Belo Horizonte
5.Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Niemeyer’s other museum
Designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the beginning of his career, the museum is part of the Conjunti Arquitetônico de Pampulha. The museum houses a large collection of Brazilian pieces, around 1600. Among these, you will find work from Guignard, Oswaldo Goeldi, Di Calvalcanti or Ceschiatti.
Modern art in Salvador de Bahia
6.Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvado - BA
The museum of modern art in Salvador was created in the 60s and has conservation, reservation and museology spaces as well as exposition rooms, a theater, a library and an art office. The museum has undergone several restorations to maintain the antiquity and the local history. You can find works from renowned artists like Tarsila do Amaral and Portinari.
A museum you can’t miss in Curitiba
7.Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba – PR
An excellent example of the link between art and architecture. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1967, the museum, named because of its design in the shape of an eye, promotes visual art, architecture and designs and provides access to 2500 pieces.
Rua Marechal Hermes, 999, Centro Cívico, Curitiba
The best museum in Porto Alegre
8.Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre – RS
The foundation Iberê Camargo, designed by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Viera conserves and exposes the complete collection of painter Iberê Camargo. The ripples of concrete and ramps show advancement into contemporary architecture. The collection is made up of more than 7000 works: etchings, drawings and paintings by the artists during his era.
Avenida Padre Cacique, 2000, Praia de Belas, Cristal – Porto Alegre
The prettiest museum in Brazil: Brumadinho – Minas Gerais
9.Inhotim, Brumadinho – MG
The crazy idea of a billionaire, inhabited by beautiful madness, in the city of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Inhotim is the largest open sky museum in the world. Designed by Bernardo Paz, the site has won multiple architecture prizes for the combination of art, architecture and scenery. In a hymn to life in an insolent nature, more than 500 pieces are on display in the botanical garden with temporary and permanent expositions. Works by Brazilian and international artists like Adriana Varejão or Matthew Barney.