Saturday, 11 May 2013


The new MAR, Museu de Arte do Rio, to the left the new building which will house the School of Sight, the old building to the right houses the Museum, the relationship between school and museum being fundamental to the conception of MAR. The project designed by Rio’s architects Bernardes + Jacobsen.

the roof and bridge connecting the two buildings

the view from above

terrace of the school building

the floating corridor bridge that conects the education building with the museum building

the first exhibition, on the fourth floor of the museum, Rio de Imagens (River of Images) Uma Paisagem em Construcao (A Landscape under Construction), curated by Carlos Martins and Rafael Cardoso

early airline posters for travel to Rio

a history of landscape paintings of Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara bay

open storage: the collection of the MAR museum on view, from souvenirs to 'art'

Rio Barbies and ceramic parrots

panoramas of Rio

Rio landscape by Alberto da Veiga Guignard

early XX century souvenirs

and early postcards of Rio and the Rio de Janeiro 1922 International Fair

souvenirs boxes made using marquetry technique

multilayered etched cameo vases by Emile Galle

model for the head of the Cristo Redentor by Paul Landowski, in the background a beautiful Tarsila de Amaral I wasn't allowed to photograph

documents and postcards on the construction of the Cristo Redentor

Luiz Alphonsus, Paisagens Cariocas

Caio Reisewitz, Guanabara, 2009

Guga Ferraz, Map of Rio signaling places where riots have taken place

The Collector, Brazilian and International art in the Jean Boghici Collection curated by Luciano Migliaccio

the Boghici collection in a hanging spiral display

Constructive Will, works from the Fadel Collection curated by Paulo Herkenhoff and Roberto Conduru

selection of constructivist works from the Fadel Collection

the great highlight of the MAR, a series of previously unknown beautiful drawings for the sets of the film 'A Cangaceira Eletrônica' done by Helio Oiticica in 1970

and in words of DGF the Gioconda of MAR, a drawing of Helio Oiticica for 'A Cangaceira Eletrônica', two hammocks in the desert

and the fourth exhibition on the first floor: O Abrigo e o Terreno, Art and Society in Brazil I, on the relationship between the right to housing and artistic practices in Brazil, curated by Clarissa Diniz and Paulo Herkenhoff

Raul Mourão

Dulcinéia Catadora (the Brasilian version of Eloisa Cartonera)

Projeto Morrinho

Cildo Meireles

Cláudia Andujar

Adriana Verajao and Rochelle Costi

André Komatsu and Helio Oiticica

Helio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto


Helio Oiticica's Topological Ready Made Landscape N4, Homage to Lygia Clark

Marcio Almeida, Fast House, construction materials for a house

exhibition views

press release:

The Museum of Art of Rio (MAR) is a space dedicated to art and visual culture. Launched on March 1st, 2013, the Museum holds temporary exhibitions which allow the study of the city’s history from different perspectives which cut across its social fabric, its symbolic life, challenges and social expectations. Located at Mauá Square, the Museum is at the epicenter of the urban and cultural transformations of the Maravilha Port, a broad project promoted by City Hall to revitalize Rio’s port area.

The MAR is housed in two buildings: the older one, a listed heritage building in eclectic style, holds the exhibition pavilion; and the neighboring construction, in modernist style, where the School of the Gaze is located. The project, conceived by Rio’s architectural firm Bernardes + Jacobsen, joins both structures with a fluid concrete roof, which calls to mind a wave, and a covered ramp, located behind the museum, through which visitors have access to the exhibit areas.

With approximately 15 thousand square meters, the MAR holds eight exhibit halls – measuring around 300 square meters each –, an educational area, auditorium, library, panoramic restaurant, café, shop, administrative offices and technical support areas. As well as its own collection, the MAR also shows works from some of the best public and private collections of Brazil to fulfill its purpose and program.

Set in the port area, where Rio was born and from which it grew, the Museum will also have the role, through education, of being the link between a divided city – which, though ongoing urban, social and economic changes, tries to renew itself. The MAR intends to be a place of meetings, interaction and exchange.

A museum next to a school, or a school next to a museum, which has an annual goal of collaborating with two thousand teachers and receiving 200 thousand visitors – including 100 thousand students from the city’s public schools.

The School of the Gaze is an environment designed to investigate visual culture and education amidst the dynamics of contemporary life. Through the School, the MAR aims to develop a reference in educational programs in Brazil and abroad, using as a foundation the curatorial conception which directs its exhibition calendar. This program is intent on implementing, developing and organizing educational efforts using as a premise art in relation to the city, to local communities and to the institution’s diverse public.

The MAR’s educational program, developed in partnership with the Municipal Secretariat of Education of Rio de Janeiro, will act upon ongoing qualification of the city’s teachers and receiving students from public schools, who will be guided by specially trained mediators. The goal is to annually collaborate with two thousand teachers and receive 200 thousand visitors – including 100 thousand students from the city’s public schools – and to transform Rio’s relationship with art into civic edification processes.

The School of the Gaze will develop programs for young artists; a curator qualification program; partnerships and collaborations with Rio de Janeiro’s universities aiming at nurturing and supporting research, seminaries and publications; curatorial and educational efforts in the museum’s surroundings; and a reception and discussion program for the general public.

The MAR is a joint initiative of Rio de Janeiro City Hall and Fundação Roberto Marinho. The Museum is sponsored by the private companies Vale and Organizações Globo, with the support of the Government of Rio de Janeiro State, Porto Maravilha Cultural Program and the Ministry of Culture, through the Federal Law for Cultural Incentive.

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