See works of art by some of Rio de Janeiro’s and Brazil’s most famous 20th-century artists in the Museum of Modern Art (MAM). Located inside a building designed by a Brazilian modernist architect and exhibiting works from one of Brazil’s largest art collections, the MAM is one of the most prized museums in the country. After visiting the museum, explore the surrounding Flamengo Park, the largest park in Rio.
Before starting your gallery tour, take the time to admire the MAM structure, designed in the 1950s by Brazilian architect Afonso Reidy. Climb the concrete spiral staircase into the museum’s interior. The permanent exhibition is titled Genealogies of the Contemporary. It highlights the history of Brazilian art since the 1920s. Here you will find pieces from the extensive Gilberto Chateaubriand collection. Famous Brazilian artists like Maria Martins, Di Cavalcanti and Cândido Portinari are on display beside European modernists like Alberto Giacometti and Fernand Léger.
If you enjoy the culinary arts, make a reservation at the MAM’s renowned restaurant, Laguiole. Enjoy contemporary Brazilian cuisine and peruse the expansive wine list, which features over 8,000 different bottles.
Take a walk through Flamengo Park, where the museum is situated. Spread over 300 acres (121 hectares) along the edge of Guanabara Bay, this is Rio’s largest park. Cool off in the water at Botafogo Beach to the south or watch locals fly remote controlled airplanes in one of the park’s open areas.
The Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro has the mission of preserving the reflection and diffusion of production of national and international modern and contemporary art through exhibitions of its collection, publications and lending of works. Therefore, it promotes debate around the topic, organizes and makes its collection available in a digital database to researchers in general, contributes to the education of the public through special visits to schools and the general public, promotes the viewing of films of artistic and cultural interest and develops programs that provide scholarships to artists in Brazil and abroad.