Imagine taking the MOMA or the Tate Modern and hacking it to pieces with a giant axe, and then scattering the arty fragments in a huge, tropical, botanic garden in Brazil. Now you have some idea of what is in store for you at Inhotim.
In a remote yet vast garden, in the state of Minas Gerais, sits the epic Inhotim. It’s hard to describe, but the photos will give you an idea; it is an art-park meets modern art gallery meets meticulously landscaped garden.
You can wander around on foot or take wee buggies around the site (to maximize the time perhaps as there is so much to see). There are many installations, some outdoors and others housed in a series of impressive structures, dotted around the magnificent greenery. As well as Brazilian artists and South American talents there are also works by international names from places as far flung as Japan, Norway, USA and the UK.
It takes time and effort to reach this splendid and supremely planned art explosion, but it is well worth it. Even after spending a full day here you probably won’t have seen everything, and it is constantly evolving as new works are added.
I don’t want to reveal much more about it as it is best experienced with little prior knowledge, but suffice it to say it will surprise and impress you. At the end of your visit, there is a lovely lodge to stay in the small nearby town of Brumadinho, a laid back Fazenda with excellent food, so you can relax and try to process all you have seen.
Anton Lynch has recently returned from an epic Brazilian research trip. He has many more quirky new spots up his sleeve, all you have to do is ask.