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Art Lovers’ Guide to Rio

By Ernest White, January 2013

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Rio de Janeiro might be known more for its beautiful natural setting than for its artistic tradition, but that doesn’t mean the Marvelous City can’t serve up a mean art scene. From massive public institutions to humorous street art to intimate, out-of-the-way galleries, there’s plenty for art lovers to love about Rio.

1) Museums
Set amid the renaissance overtaking downtown Rio in anticipation of the pending World Cup and Olympic Games, the National Museum of Fine Arts (Museu Nacional de Belas Artes), opened in 1937, hosts an impressive mix of international and Brazilian paintings and sculpture from the 19th century to the present. In nearby Glória, the Modern Art Museum (MAM) showcases international and Brazilian Modernists, from Moore to Giacometti. Under the shadow of Christ the Redeemer, in Cosme Velho, the International Naïve Art Museum (Museu Internacional de Arte Naïf) displays a collection of colorfully evocative works including a room dedicated to naïve representations of 40 of the city’s landmarks. And don’t forget the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) across the bay in Niterói—a work of art in itself, it’s the one perched over the water like a flying saucer.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Rio de Janeiro Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Rio de Janeiro.

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