Destination: Rio de Janeiro

Today is the officially opening of Rio 2016 Olympics, where more than 500,000 tourists are expected.

We understand that in 19 days of competition, with 42 different modalities, limited will be the time of your day not devoted to sports. But, if your destination for a break is Rio de Janeiro,  we suggest that you find a little time on the agenda for some art exhibitions that you will regret not visiting.


 . Sebastião Salgado

Galeria Silvia Cintra + Box 4

(July 28th to September 3rd 2016)

With 30 images, the exhibition provides an overview of some of the most important moments in the career of the acclaimed Brazilian photographer since the 1970s. The starting point are four photos made in Latin America, between 1970 and 1980, that led to his first book, “Other Americas” (1986). In this exhibition, it is also possible to find photographs of ‘Exodus’ (2000), the project that Salgado carried out on refugees and on the effects of genocide, and from ‘Genesis’ (2013), the result of a series of trips to untouched regions of the planet.


. In a Frenzy: a panorama of the MAM Rio

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro

(July 30th to November 6th 2016)

The exhibition seeks to share with the visitors the highlights of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, displaying works by more than 100 Brazilian and foreign artists. In addition to the pieces of artists such as Pollock, Keith Hering, Brancusi, Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Henri Moore, Rodin, Alexander Calder, Joseph Albers, Barry Flanagan, Vitto Acconti, Antonio Dias, Cildo Meireles, Nelson Leirner, Ivens Machado Waltercio Caldas; Antonio Manuel, José Damasceno, Artur Barrio, Regina Silveira, Willys de Castro, Hércules Barsotti, Lygia Clark e Hélio Oiticica, the curators were also concerned with showing  the magnificence of the building, removing all the objects that usually divide the space.


. The Games of Antiquity | Greece and Rome

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

(July 27th to October 2nd 2016)

Compiling about 60 works, some of them with over 2500 years, of 10 of the largest Italian and Greek collections, the exhibition focuses on the history of the Olympic Games in Greece and Rome. Among sculptures of athletes, objects and mosaics depicting sporting scenes, visitors can understand in greater detail the foundations of the Western tradition of representation of sports.


.The Contemporary Emergency: avant-garde in Japan, 1950 – 1970

Paço Imperial

(July 14th to August 28th 2016)

On display for the first time in Brazil, the show focuses on the art of the postwar period in Japan, between 1950 and 19770, culminating with the rise of the Japanese economy. 70 artworks of Japanese avant-garde artists such as Kazuo Shiraga, Yoko Ono, Yutaka Matsuzawa and Kishio Suga, aligned with themes like art and social involvement or urban intervention.


. The color of Brazil

Museu de Arte do Rio

(August 2nd to January 15th 2017)

The collective exhibition outlines the history of Brazilian art, from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. On display, more than 300 pieces from Brazilian, Argentinian and Mexican institutions, that lent part of their collections to contribute to map the evolution of the artistic movements of the country. The exhibition was curated by by Paulo Herkenhoff and Marcelo Campos.



. Jacaranda city

Cidade das Artes

(July 23th to September 25th 2016)

The exhibition, that will be on display throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games, seeks to show the work of artists such as Carlos Vergara & Zanini of Zanine, José Bechara, Afonso Tostes, and Iole de Freitas, in a kind of poetic crossing between the pieces and the building that receives it. Jacaranda is a crossmedia platform for the dissemination of contemporary Brazilian art.


Who is the Shroud of Turin Man?

Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro

The international exhibition returns to Rio after four years of traveling through Brazil. Until November, it is possible to see the reconstitution of the Shroud of Turin trajectory, the cloth that supposedly wrapped Jesus Christ, besides replicas and architectural and historical elements.


. Olympic Sport: Memory and Science

Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia da PUCRS

Divided into three “Olympic Arenas”, the exhibition proposes a playful interaction with the permanent equipment of the Museum, and with new technologies designed specifically for it, like an athletics track where it is possible to test speed and reaction time. Here is also possible to experience how the human body reacts to certain movements, crucial to the success of athletes, and how the laws of physics can be a great ally in overcoming limits.


. Julio Plaza Poetic Industry

Museu  de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo

This exhibition dedicated to the Spanish artist Julio Plaza finds meaning on his active participation in the brazilian academic field since 1973, the year the he moved permanently to the country. At the Contemporary Art Museum of the University of St. Paul, it is possible to find more of Plaza’s ideas  and projects than in traditional collections. Correlating art, technology and communication, from photography and video through the holography, his artistic research tried to define the limits of technological devices in art, in a pre-internet era.