Have you ever heard so much about a place that you think it must be overrated? You’re sure you’re going to be disappointed when you finally see it. That was my feeling about Inhotim, an open-air contemporary art museum 60 km from our home in Belo Horizonte. Last Sunday we eventually managed to go there and I have to say that Inhotim is everything I heard about and more! We loved it.
When we got there, the place was very crowded, because we chose to go on a long weekend right after the opening of new exhibitions. Later I read that on that day, Oct 11th, they had more than 4000 visitors, a record since the opening in 2006. So we stood in line for half an hour or so but we had decided to spend the day there.
Installations, sculptures and paintings by contemporary artists from the 1960s onwards are part of the permanent collection. Some are outdoors while others are housed in 16 pavilions scattered around the park. According to the museum’s website, there are 600 hectares of Natural Reserve, 45 hectares of gardens with botanical collections and 5 lakes. Nature in its exuberance, as you can see in the pictures below.
For us Brazilians, some names stand out like that of landscape designer Burle Marx, inspiration for the amazing gardens, and modernist artists such as Helio Oiticica, Amilcar de Castro and movie-maker Neville D’Almeida. I was also surprised to see an installation by Olafur Eliasson, whose work I’d seen in the Turbine hall at Tate Modern back in 2004. And Steve was very impressed with a sound installation by Janet Cardiff with music recorded at Salisbury Cathedral.
This is a place we are definitely going back, especially with our dear guests from out of state or overseas.
Thursdays and Fridays: 9:30 – 4:30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays: 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Admission for adults: R$15.00
Click here to see how to get there.
5 razões por que eu adoro :
1. A sala da turbina impressiona com qualquer instalação
2. A coleção permanente inclui obras dos principais pintores ocidentais do século XX
3. É grátis
4. O bar/restaurante localizado no sétimo andar oferece uma vista maravilhosa do rio Tâmisa e da Catedral St.Paul
5. O Steve participou do projeto de iluminação do prédio na festa de abertura da galeria em 2000
Tate Modern HQ (MPEG-1)
Dica de passeio:
No píer em frente à Tate Modern (Bankside pier), pegue este charmoso barco Tate-to-Tate – cujas bolinhas foram idealizadas pelo artista inglês Damien Hirst – e vá até a galeria Tate Britain apreciando os cartões postais de Londres a partir de uma nova perspectiva. O barco é super confortável e tem uma lanchonete.
O serviço interligando as duas galerias funciona das 10:00 às 17:00 horas, em intervalos de 40 minutos, e o trajeto é percorrido em 20 minutos. O bilhete pode ser adquirido na bilheteria da galeria ou no próprio barco por ₤5,00 (com travelcard ₤3,35).
Aberta de domingo à quinta-feira de 10:00 às 18:00
Sexta-feira e sábado de 10:00 às 22:00
Para ver outras dicas de Londres, visite nosso novo blogue, Londres para Principiantes.
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