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“A must when you come to Rio de Janeiro” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Instituto Moreira Salles

Instituto Moreira Salles
Rua Marques De Sao Vicente 476 | Gavea, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22451, Brazil
21 3284-7400
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Ranked #38 of 570 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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New York City, New York
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“A must when you come to Rio de Janeiro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Every time I come to Rio, I have to go to Gávea to visit this beautiful house, refurbished in Museum. First of all because of the house itself, from the 50sn and its garden designed by the maestro landscaper Roberto Burle Marx who worked on all the beautiful gardens in Brazil, together with the architecture of Oscar Neimeyer. The house was the property of the family Moreira Salles ( Walter Salles the film director is their son), and is now a wonderful modern art museum. The exhibitions are always unique and whatever you like modern art or not you have to visit this place filled with serenity. Also the cafeteria inside or around the pool surrounded by a tropical vegetation.

Visited December 2012
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Dunkerque, France
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“Art and architecture around a swimming pool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

A magnificent modernist banker's house, now a temple dedicated to art and culture.

It's always a good idea when the very wealthy decide to share a part of their life with us, more modest folks. Banker Moreiro Salles built in the fifties of last century a fantastic house for himself and his family in Gávea, one of the more expensive residential neighbourhoods of Rio. Now it's the home of the namesake cultural center. There are always several exhibitions on display, there's a cinema room, and for the hungry ones, books and cakes are also available. Not only the villa is in good condition, the whole setting with the garden by Roberto Burle Max, and a slice of forest wilderness is a feast for the eye.

I found only one minus point. The designer swimming pool, surrounded by a fantastic modernist azulejo mural, may not be used. Otherwise, this place would simply be heaven. ;-)

Visited September 2012
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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“Great house in a Great Neighborhood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

This place is located in Gavea. Very nice area. This place used to be a house but the family donated for a Cultural Center. I reccomend for people who want to enjoy a good movie and spend some time with friends. Get early, enjoy the nice house and watcha movie. Good selections of movies. Brazilian movies with english subtitles for our foregners buddies.

Visited March 2012
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“owo, the house of my dreams... Dreams stands on exhibictions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

This another place in then last 10 years I must visit once or twice every year. There´s exbiction, cult cimema, theater for kids on weekends, nice coffee shop, air & tropical forest.

If you are interested in art ( photo, architecture, illustraction & history) that´s a good place for you. If you have kids, this is perfect on saturdays to avoid the crowed shopping centers with destroy little by little some better qualities of the children, imagine & explore.

By the fact there´s one gems of the modern art in the garden, I like to take pictures with my family. It´s a good time walking from Gávea mall.

Visited July 2011
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“Beautiful independent gallery complex in interesting Rio neighbourhood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

On the hunt for more gardens by re-known Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx (designer of Copacabana paving) we discovered Instituto Moreira Salles. In a beautiful building designed by architect Olavo Redig de Campos, is housed a series of large exhibition rooms that when we were there were showing an extended (6 rooms) exhibition of the work of Russian Soviet graphic designer and photographer Alexandr Rodchenko. The gallery has a cafe and is free to get into and the explanatory panels are in both English and Portugese. On the weekend the hours are open longer and there are activities, as well as an art cinema. The garden has a beautiful approach road through trees and characteristic Burle Marx textural planting areas. The internal courtyard is particularly outstanding and embodies what is great about the complex: it’s easy eclecticism. The glazed wall around the courtyard has a very subtle pink trim and then in the centre is a fountain that is almost classical but not quite, white on white paving. The plantings are “sculptural plants” with epiphytes and miniature ecologies. At the back of the garden is a marble pavilion graduating into a rain-forest style drainage gully. The whole gallery has a generous, academic feel to it.

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