Rio Travel Guide

Art in Rio de Janeiro

Beyond the beaches, a rich art scene awaits.

Museu de Arte do Rio

Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR)

Rio’s newest art museum, the MAR opened in September of 2013. The stunning building was designed to challenge your senses with its dazzing mix of architectural styles. The MAR is home to a collection of both classic and contemporary art. Don’t forget to take the elevator to the top floor where you’ll be treated to a wonderful view of Guanabara Bay and the striking Rio-Niterói bridge.

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Museu de Arte Contemporanea

MAC (Museu de Arte Contemporanea)

Designed by artist Oscar Niemeyer, the MAC was completed in 1996. The striking, UFO-like museum overlooks Guanabara Bay and has panoramic views all of Rio’s most famous landmarks including Corcovado and Sugarloaf. It nothing else, it is worth visiting for the view alone, however it is much beloved my cariocas due to its larger importance as a cultural center for Brazilians. Factoid alert: on Friday and Saturday nights, the museum plays live music.

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Museu de Arte Moderna

MAM Rio (Museu de Arte Moderna)

Built in the 1950’s, the MAM is a display of the concrete and glass that headlined modern architecture that the time. Expansive, the MAM is home to a performance theater, art school, a vast archive of film, visual arts, and documents, and of course, exhibitions. In 2012, it even won the prestigious Bravo Bradesco Prime Culture for its exhibits.

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Galeria Tempo

Galeria Tempo

Founded in 2006 by three Brazilian businesswomen, Galeria Tempo was opened in to showcase art by Brazilian women. It is dedicated to showcasing work by up and coming and established photographers and artists in Rio.

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Galeria de Artes A Gentil Carioca

Galeria de Artes A Gentil Carioca

Founded in 2003 by three Brazilian artists, Gentil Carioca was opened to showcase the diversity and splendor of Brazilian artists. Located in the very heart of Rio, the gallery is still run by the three original founding artists Marcio Botner, Laura Lima and Ernesto Neto.

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Anita Schwartz

Anita Schwartz

Located in a gallery that cover more than 3 full floors, Anita Schwartz offers new exhibitions monthly by both emerging and established artists. The gallery has been an important one in Rio for nearly 30 years, and now hosts both international and national works.

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