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Welcome to the Jungle

Brumadinho  |  Brazil  | 

Welcome to the Jungle

In Brumadinho, Brazil, in a forest area remnant of the Atlantic Rain Forest and Brazilian savanna, lies a magical collection of contemporary art.

Sprawled out over a whopping 140 hectare’s, Brazilian art collector Bernardo Paz’s contemporary art collection, Inhotim, unfolds – a rich botanical garden that hosts rare tropical species and vast tropical landscapes. 560 of the 1300 works from the collection are currently on display in and around 23 memorable gallery pavilions on the grounds. 19 pavilions function as permanent galleries, developed to exhibit works by Tunga, Cildo Meireles, Miguel Rio Branco, Hélio Oiticica & Neville d’Almeida, Adriana Varejão, Doris Salcedo, Victor Grippo, Matthew Barney, Rivane Neuenschwander, Valeska Soares, Janet Cardiff & George Miller, Doug Aitken, Claudia Andujar, Marilá Dardot, Lygia Pape, Carlos Garaicoa, Cristina Iglesias and Carroll Dunham. The remaining four galleries, each 1 000 square meters large, are dedicated to temporary exhibits that change on a biannual basis to introduce the Institute’s new acquisitions.

The pavilions host a wide range of artistic media, showing a broad spectrum of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos and installations from over 100 renowned Brazilian and international artists from 30 different countries. Doug Aitken’s Sonic Pavillon for example, located on top of a hill, is an empty circular space made out of glass and steel where you can listen to the sound of the earth breathing, transmitted by highly sensitive microphones installed at a depth of 200 meters below the ground.

On November 26, Instituto Inhotim opened its 19th permanent gallery, which is dedicated to the work of photographer Claudia Andujar, born in Switzerland and based in Brazil since the 1950s. The new pavilion displays over 400 photographs taken by the artist between 1970 and 2010 in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and with the Yanomami indigenous people.

MATTHEW BARNEY, De Lama Lamina, 2009. Photo: Pedro Motta
MATTHEW BARNEY, De Lama Lamina, 2009. Photo: Pedro Motta
YAYOI KUSAMA, Nascissus Garden, 2009. Photo: Pedro Motta
YAYOI KUSAMA, Nascissus Garden, 2009. Photo: Pedro Motta
MATTHEW BARNEY, De Lama Lamina, 2009. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
MATTHEW BARNEY, De Lama Lamina, 2009. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Untitled (from the series Catrimani), 1971-72. Courtesy the artist
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Untitled (from the series Catrimani), 1971-72. Courtesy the artist

I realized that art has to be political, instructive, and interactive. And for that it needed large spaces. It is not possible to create large interactive works in city museums.

Bernardo Paz
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Arajani (from the series Marcados), 1981-83. Courtesy the artist
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Arajani (from the series Marcados), 1981-83. Courtesy the artist
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Ericó (from the series Marcados), 1981-83. Courtesy the artist
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Ericó (from the series Marcados), 1981-83. Courtesy the artist
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Untitled (from the series Contato), 1974. Courtesy the artist
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Untitled (from the series Contato), 1974. Courtesy the artist
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Untitled (from the series Floresta), 1974. Courtesy the artist
CLAUDIA ANDUJAR, Untitled (from the series Floresta), 1974. Courtesy the artist
Galeria CLAUDIA ANDUJAR. Courtesy Inhotim
Galeria CLAUDIA ANDUJAR. Courtesy Inhotim
CILDO MEIRELES, Desvio, 2012. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
CILDO MEIRELES, Desvio, 2012. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
Galeria MIGUEL RIO BRANCO, 2010.
Photo: Pedro Motta
Galeria MIGUEL RIO BRANCO, 2010. Photo: Pedro Motta
CILDO MEIRELES, Através, 1983-1989. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
CILDO MEIRELES, Através, 1983-1989. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
ADRIANA VAREJÃO, Celacanto provoca Maremoto. Photo: Eduardo Eckenfels
ADRIANA VAREJÃO, Celacanto provoca Maremoto. Photo: Eduardo Eckenfels
Galeria ADRIANA VAREJÃO.
Photo: Eduardo Eckenfels
Galeria ADRIANA VAREJÃO. Photo: Eduardo Eckenfels
JORGE MACCHI, Piscina, 2009. Photo: Pedro Motta
JORGE MACCHI, Piscina, 2009. Photo: Pedro Motta
DOUG AITKEN, Sonic Pavilion. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
DOUG AITKEN, Sonic Pavilion. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOERSTER, Desert Park, 2010. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOERSTER, Desert Park, 2010. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
Vandário. Photo: William Gomes
Vandário. Photo: William Gomes
CRISTINA IGLESIAS, Vegetation Room Inhotim.
Photo: Daniela Paoliello
CRISTINA IGLESIAS, Vegetation Room Inhotim. Photo: Daniela Paoliello
DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOERSTER, Desert Park, 2010. Photo: William Gomes
DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOERSTER, Desert Park, 2010. Photo: William Gomes
OLAFUR ELIASSON, Viewing Machine. Photo: William Gomes
OLAFUR ELIASSON, Viewing Machine. Photo: William Gomes
Landscape View at Inhotim. Photo: Ricardo Mallaco
Landscape View at Inhotim. Photo: Ricardo Mallaco
HÉLIO OITICICA, Magic Square. Photo: Rossana Magri
HÉLIO OITICICA, Magic Square. Photo: Rossana Magri
Landscape View at Inhotim. Photo: Rossana Magri
Landscape View at Inhotim. Photo: Rossana Magri

Read more about our visit to Inhotim here.

Inhotim is included in the Art Guide.