Dec 23, 2013|
Last updated on December 16th, 2020 at 10:14 am
Visiting Inhotim Brazil was the best Brazil tour I ever experienced. I recently had the opportunity to visit the beautiful state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. This area is best known for its renowned World Cultural Heritage Sites of Ouro Preto, Diamantina, and Congonhas. Additionally, it boasts important architecture and colonial art in historical cities such as São João del-Rei, Tiradentes, and Mariana. Follow along as I recall the once-in-a-lifetime experience in Inhotim.
Inhotim (pronounced “In-ho-tcheem”), is one of the main art destinations in the world, and is currently the largest open-air museum of contemporary art in the world! It includes multiple exhibits and about 500 pieces of art by artists from 30 nationalities, as well as work from leading artists like Tunga, Yayoi Kusama, Anish Kapoor, Matthew Barney, and Vik Muniz.
In addition to its extensive art collection, Inhotim also boasts an incredible botanical garden. The garden contains a diverse selection of flora, including 4,500 native and exotic species, as well as one of the greatest palm tree collection in the world. Additionally, amidst the beautiful garden, visitors can enjoy all the outdoor art spread across two dozen art pavilions.
Exhibits in Inhotim
My favorite exhibit is “Forty part motet” because of the unique sound installation by Janet Cardiff (2001). Forty speakers strategically placed throughout the space play forty separately recorded voices, producing a heavenly track . The recording of the sixteenth century Thomas Tallis motet, for instance, makes for a wonderful journey into the world of sound!
Some better known installations are the three VW Beetles (Jarbas Lopes, 2002) and Cosmococas (Hélio Oiticica, Neville D’Almeida, 1973).
How to Get to Inhotim
Anyone staying in Belo Horizonte would be remiss not to visit Inhotim, not only for its artistic splendor, but because it’s easily reachable. There are direct flights available from Miami, Rio de Janeiro, and other cities. Whether you enjoy culture, history, art, gastronomy and nature, Inhotim offers something to everyone.
Add Ouro Preto to Your Itinerary
Ouro Preto tours are fabulous for those interested in history and art. Ouro Preto was the first Brazilian city and one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition to Ouro Preto, visit Congonhas, and its Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Matosinhos. See the beautifully sculpted art by the famous Aleijadinho. This is a lesser-known attraction that is a must-see destination in Brazil.
If you are interested in exploring Minas Gerais, check out our Rio de Janeiro & the Route of Gold Tour. As this tour extensively covers the area, this is the best representation of the museum and the other notable cities in Minas Gerais.