Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica

A space provided by the Municipal Cultural Office, which hosts temporary exhibits, lectures, seminars, courses and research projects dedicated to the diversity of contemporary artistic production. Its mission is to stimulate dialogues and collaboration between people, groups and institutions that are integrated to the cultural field.

Rua Luís de Camões, 68 Centro

Founded in 1996, it housed part of the collection of works by the artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) until 2009. This was made possible through an agreement with the Hélio Oiticica Project, which is responsible for preserving and promoting his work. In addition to activities related to this collection, important exhibitions from Brazilian and foreign artists have been displayed at the institution.

Located in the vicinity of the Tiradentes Square, the oldest cultural hub of the city, the building was built in 1872 to host the National Conservatory of Music and over time had other occupants. Expanded in 1890, under the guidance of Italian architect Sante Bucciarelli, it was given its current design.

In the building of 2000m², spread over three floors, are located six exhibition spaces, two mezzanines, two multipurpose rooms, one research room, one auditorium with 100 seats and a coffee shop. The ground floor has WI-FI coverage.

Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica has two permanent interventions by North American artist Richard Serra, made in 1997 for the exhibition “Rio Rounds”, his first show in Latin America. One of this interventions, located in the lobby, was restored by Brazilian artist Ronald Duarte in May 2014, when it was reopened to visitors.

Contacts & Details
mon, wed, fri 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm; tue, thu, sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


T: +55 21 2242 1012; +55 21 2232 4213

Rua Luís de Camões, 68 Centro

Past Exhibitions
Casa Cidade Mundo – A Beleza Possível
The main goal of  the exhibition Casa Cidade Mundo [House City World] is to think about the issues...
03 Oct 2015 - 14 Nov 2015
Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica
Rio de Janeiro
Osmar Dillon: Não-Objetos Poéticos
“Osmar Dillon: não-objetos poéticos” gathers objects, drawings, sculptures and an installation,...
09 Mar 2015 - 23 May 2015
Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica
São Paulo
Enigmas: Vera Chaves Barcellos
“Enigmas”, by Vera Chaves Barcellos (b. 1938, Porto Alegre) is an installation built as a...
07 Mar 2015 - 23 Mar 2015
Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica
São Paulo
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