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Museum of Modern Art

Opened in 1938, it is one of the most important art museums in the country. The museum’s collection started from works collected by Dom João VI when he lived in the colony along with his royal Portuguese family in 1808. The museum currently holds 15 thousand pieces of Brazilian and foreign artists, in addition to pieces of decorative art, furniture, popular and African art. The building holds galleries with modern art displays.

The institution holds the main collection on the Brazilian empire, in particular of the Second Reign, governed by D. Pedro II. There are about 300 thousand items at the disposal of researchers and other interested parties. The museum’s collection of images recovers part of the visual history of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, and the city of Petrópolis since the early days of photography. Visitation is constantly renewed by events, shows and educational projects.

Designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the museum has an impressive contemporary architecture, which has turned it into the city’s postcard. The museum’s collection comprises over 1,200 works from the 20th century, with examples ranging from abstract art to works depicting the illusion of the Brazilian monarchy. The museum holds temporary shows and educational activities to encourage reflections on contemporary art.

Projected by Afonso Eduardo Reidy and opened in 1948, the Museum of Modern Art is one of the most important cultural institutions in Brazil. A place of avant-garde and experimentalism, the MAM witnessed the birth of a considerable number of our artistic movements and launched many important artists. The museum holds events such as shows, cinema and dance series, and is also a meeting venue for artists in the city who fill its gardens on sunny weekends.

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