If the building itself is considered to be a modern art masterpiece, just imagine what you can see inside
Immerse yourself in Brazil's contemporary artwork
The setting up of this museum (www.mamrio.com.br), on Avenida Infante Dom Enrique de Flamengo, is thanks to several of Río de Janeiro's businessmen, led by patron Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya. It was opened in 1948 and includes numerous contemporary Brazilian art exhibitions, such as one particular permanent collection of over 11,000 pieces. Most of these were given to the museum in 1993, courtesy of businessman Gilberto Chateaubriand, who has the largest private art collection in Brazil. Before this, on 8th July 1978, most of the museum's artistic heritage was destroyed by a fire, including important masterpieces from Spanish artists Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dali. During its first few years of existence, the institution was set up in Río de Janeiro's Culture Palace, until it opened its current venue in 1958, on land donated by the city council. A prime example of Río's modern architecture , the building is one of the most emblematic projects by Afonso Eduardo Reidy, and was meticulously remodelled after the fire in 1978. You can visit the museum Tuesdays to Fridays from 12:00 to 18:00, and during weekends and holidays from 12:00 to 19:00.