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Rio de Janeiro Galleries

An excellent variety of art galleries and boutiques are popping up across Rio de Janeiro, offering a variety of styles, from graffiti admirers to water-colour fanatics.

Most of the exclusive galleries are in the southern neighbourhoods within Ipanema and Leblon, but the city centre also boasts some impressive art galleries. Santa Teresa's annual 'Portas Abertas' (Open Doors) exhibition, when local artists open their ateliers to the public, is a must-see for art lovers.

With the city's international profile on the rise, we look at the following galleries that enhance Rio's status as a must-visit destination for art.

Anita Schwartz Art Gallery

Anita Schwartz, the founder of this gallery, was a well-known name in the Brazilian art scene for many years. Anita Schwartz Art Gallery concentrates on the propagation of Brazilian culture. It also has its doors open to foreign artists. It aims to promote aesthetic experiences and the dialogue between different cultures. It has served as a reflector for Brazilian art abroad.

Address: R.José Roberto Macedo Soares, 30 Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Artur Fidalgo Gallery

Artur Fidalgo Gallery

Artur Fidalgo Gallery shows the most vital contemporary art from different generations and backgrounds. The gallery has held exhibitions by emerging artists such as CamilaSoato, Danilo Ribeiro, Deborah Engel, Derlon and many more. It expanded in 2005 with additional space and also helped in promoting the Brazilian and international art.

Address:Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A Gentil Carioca

A Gentil Carioca

Started in 2003 by three artists, namely Marcio Botner, Laura Lima and Ernesto Neto. Located in the historic centre of Rio de Janeiro, in the Saara region and also in São Paulo. It aims to captivate and spread Brazilian art.

Address: Rua Gonçalves Ledo, 17, sobrado, Centro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio Art Museum (Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR)
Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz)/CC BY-SA 4.0

Rio Art Museum (Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR)

Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR or Rio Art Museum) was opened in 2013 to enrich Rio De Janeiro's cultural sector. It was opened to rejuvenate Rio's creative outlook in the 2014 World cup. Designed by the highly talented Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura, the gallery comprises three separate buildings linked by one roof. The Rio art museum is home to over 3000 pieces of international and Brazilian art.

Address: Praça Mauá, 5 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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