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Art in Rio de Janeiro: The 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries & Spaces

Art in Rio de Janeiro: The 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries & Spaces

Posted by PanamericanWorld on August 21, 2015

As the favourite city of many international globetrotters, Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s true cultural hotspots. Home to a broad selection of incredible art galleries – from underground exhibition spaces to architectural wonders complete with floor to ceiling windows – lovers of contemporary art in all of its forms will never want to leave this bustling metropolis. We update our guide to the top ten art galleries in Rio.

Artur Fidalgo

Ernesto Neto, Gabriela Machado, Derlon, Malu Saddi and Victor Arruda are just some of the incredible artists whose creations can be admired at the Artur Fidalgo Gallery. Having opened its doors to the art fanatics of Rio back in 1987, this gallery is one of the most established smaller exhibition spaces within the city. Showcasing works by both emerging and internationally acclaimed artists, the Artur Fidalgo Gallery believes in displaying diversity and innovation in each of its exhibitions. A more personal and intimate gallery than many, Artur Fidalgo is the perfect place for peace and quiet, offering the chance to enjoy solitary appreciation of fine pieces of art in this constantly busy city.

Artur Fidalgo, R. Siqueira Campos 143 ljs.147 to 150 2nd floor, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2549 6278

Museu de Arte Contemporanea Niteroi

Shaped like a saucer, the impressive Museu de Arte Contemporanea Niteroi is both an architectural wonder from the outside and a contemporary art lover’s paradise inside. A vast array of artworks are exhibited throughout the different areas of the gallery, including pieces by both local and international artists. The unusual shape and design of the space lends itself perfectly to some truly unique exhibitions, which can be appreciated from a variety of angles in both the Hall of Exhibitions and from the viewing gallery. The huge glass windows that allow natural light to flood across the gallery offer intoxicating views out over the nearby sea and mountains – undoubtedly a piece of art in itself.

Museu de Arte Contemporanea Niteroi, Mirante da Boa Viagem, s / n º, Boa Viagem, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2620 2400

Museu de Arte do Rio

One of the most recent additions to Rio’s cultural scene, the Museu de Arte do Rio was opened just last year in a bid to shake up, renew and revitalise the city’s artistic footprint in the run up to the 2014 World Cup. Designed by the amazingly talented architects of Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura, the gallery is split between three buildings, all of which are joined together by one gigantic roof. The Museu de Arte do Rio is home to over 3000 pieces of art, which are rotated in its exhibitions throughout the year, giving locals reason to visit time and time again, sure to always see something new.

Museu de Arte do Rio, Praça Mauá 5 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ‎+55 21 3031 2741

Museu de Arte Moderna

One of the most important cultural institutions in the whole of Brazil, the Museum of Modern Art Rio (better known as MAM Rio) was inaugurated in 1948. Although it started off life housed in a small room within a bank, today it lies within an impressive modernist building designed by architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy. Visitors to Rio de Janeiro can join its locals in admiring this incredible building as well as the beautiful artworks that are exhibited inside. Home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Brazilian art in existence, the public are invited to browse the array of modern and contemporary pieces in the temporary exhibitions continuously on show inside the museum.

Museu de Arte Moderna, Avenida Henrique 85, Flamengo Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2240 4944

Arte em Dobro

One of Rio’s lesser known art galleries, Arte em Dobro, is hidden away above a bookshop in the neighbourhood of Leblon. Popular with art aficionados, this gallery consists of just three small rooms and hosts exhibitions of works by both individual Brazilian artists and large groups wishing to display their pieces to the public. The stark, white, cubic space is the perfect setting for confronting, colourful exhibitions that contrast so effectively with the otherwise clinical backdrop.

Arte em Dobro, Rua Dias Ferreira 417, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2259 1952

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