Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR)

The MAR drives a transversal reading of the history of the city of Rio de Janeiro, its social fabric, its symbolic life, conflicts, challenges, and expectations.

Formed of two buildings – the eclectic-style Palacete Dom João VI is joined by a fifth-floor walkway to the modernist Escola de Olhar [School of the Eye] – MAR‘s eight exhibition halls house an ever-growing archive formed from donations and private collections. The presence of the school also makes explicit the educational intentions behind the project, and an underlying desire to encourage in Rio’s citizens and visitors constructive critical thought about their city.

The museum’s opening also provides an excellent excuse to come to what was until recently a gritty, dangerous part of the city and witness first-hand its ongoing transformation and a slice of carioca history being made, before the final vestiges of the seedier side of traditional port ‘entertainment’ are banished forever.

The Rio Museum of Art is just one of several new cultural centres planned for the region which will remain something of a building site until 2015 at the earliest, rendering MAR‘s gleaming façade considerably more imposing even before the wave-inspired structure on the roof drifts into eyeshot.

Contacts & Details
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat, sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


T: +55 21 3031 2741
W: Website

Praça Mauá 5, Centro

Past Exhibitions
Alberto da Veiga Guignard: Guignard e o Oriente, entre o Rio e Minas
“Guignard e o Oriente, entre o Rio e Minas” presents works by Alberto da Veiga Guignard (1896...
11 Nov 2014 - 26 Apr 2015
Do Valongo à Favela: Imaginário e Periferia
Do Valongo à Favela: Imaginário e Periferia portraits Rio de Janeiro’s port zone with a particular...
27 May 2014 - 10 Mar 2015
Marcos Chaves: Paisagens Não Vistas
Part of the celebrations of Rio de Janeiro’s 450 anniversary, “Paisagens Não Vistas”,...
27 Jan 2015 - 31 May 2015
Tarsila e Mulheres Modernas no Rio
Around 200 pieces – from paintings, photos, drawings, engravings, sculptures and installations to documents,...
12 May 2015 - 22 Nov 2015
Rossini Perez: entre o Morro da Saúde e a África
Two hundred works by Rossini Perez (b. 1932, Macaíba, Brazil) invites MAR’s visitor to his universe...
28 Jul 2015 - 25 Oct 2015
Ângulos da Notícia – 90 Anos de Fotojornalismo do Globo
This exhibition, that celebrates the newspaper Globo 90th anniversary and happens during the the city’s...
29 Sep 2015 - 29 Nov 2015
Evandro Teixeira: A Constituição do Mundo
The show presents with more than 150 images the trajectory of almost 60 years of career of Evandro Teixeira...
22 Sep 2015 - 31 Jan 2016
Rio Setecentista, quando o Rio Virou Capital
This exhibition provides a panorama of the transformations that took place in Rio de Janeiro during the...
07 Jul 2015 - 08 May 2016
Kurt Klagsbrunn: Um Fotógrafo Humanista no Rio (1940-1960)
The exhibition Kurt Klagsbrunn: Um Fotógrafo Humanista no Rio (1940-1960) [Kurt Klagsbrunn: A Humanist...
14 Apr 2015 - 31 Jan 2016
Fernando Lindote: betraying Macunaíma and messing with the Parrot
Fernando Lindote stopped going to school when he was 11 to begin his periodic visits to the studio of...
01 Dec 2015 - 24 Apr 2016
For the love of the public – Donations in ArtRio (2012-2015) and Minc/Funarte
On one of the sculptures that he designed for the Passeio Público park in Rio de Janeiro, the artist...
08 Mar 2016 - 10 Jul 2016
Body discourses [the vertigo of Rio]
The Museu de Arte do Rio, under the management of Instituto Odeon, opens Body discourses [the vertigo...
07 Jun 2016 - 16 Oct 2016
On the nature of things – Pablo Lobato
Museu de Arte do Rio presents the first solo exhibition of the Minas-born artist Pablo Lobato in the...
26 Apr 2016 - 18 Sep 2016
The colour of Brazil
There is no neutral colour. As well as being an optical phenomenon, colour is a social construction....
02 Aug 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
Leopoldina, princess of the Independence and of the arts and sciences
The Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, which is managed by Instituto Odeon, presents the exhibition “Leopoldina,...
12 Jul 2016 - 26 Mar 2017
Lucia Laguna: Enquanto bebo a água, a água me bebe
Museu de Arte do Rio presents “Enquanto bebo a água, a água me bebe [While I drink the water,...
29 Nov 2016 - 26 Feb 2017
Alexandre Sequeira: Meu mundo teu
Museu de Arte do Rio presents “Meu mundo teu [My world yours]” by Alexandre Sequeira: this...
29 Nov 2016 - 16 Jul 2017
Lugares Do Delírio
Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR) presents “Lugares Do Delírio”, a group exhibition curated by Tania...
07 Feb 2017 - 10 Sep 2017