Museums

Paço Imperial

The Paço Imperial was built in the 18th century to serve as residence for the governors of colonial Brazil and is now an important cultural centre.

The Imperial Court at Praça XV, Centro, began as the main residence of Governor Gomes Freire de Andrade in 1743, before becoming the seat of power of the Portuguese Royal Family until the declaration of independence. The historic importance of the building was finally recognised in the 1980s, when it underwent a comprehensive restoration to become a key cultural centre for seminars, live music and theatre, the first protected building to be converted for cultural purposes in Brazil.

Today, other than hosting temporary shows, there is a permanent exhibition at the ground-floor taking visitors through the history of the building and a homage to the country’s greatest architects – all very fitting for a building in which modernity and classical features sit together in unison, particularly following the latest revamp in 2011. A well-stocked book, music and dvd shop with a small café can also be found inside.

Contacts & Details
OPENING:
sun, tue, wed, thu, fri, sat 12:00 am – 7:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon

T: +55 21 2533 4359
W: Website

ADDRESS
Praça XV de Novembro, 48 Centro

ESTABLISHED
1980
Past Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Not Vital
For his first institutional solo exhibition in South America, organized with Olivier Renaud-Clément,...
08 Oct 2015 - 29 Nov 2015
Exhibitions
Singularities/Notes: Rumos Artes Visuais 1998-2013
To celebrate having supported the production of over one thousand artists and researchers from all over...
16 Oct 2015 - 29 Nov 2015
Exhibitions
Mauricio Bentes: Formas Incandescentes
Curated by Marcus de Lontra Costa, the exhibition presents 35 works by Mauricio Bentes (1958 – 2003,...
15 Oct 2015 - 29 Nov 2015
Exhibitions
TRIO Bienal
Paço Imperial participates of the Trio Bienal with two pieces: the installation “Ambos Mundos” [Both...
11 Sep 2015 - 26 Nov 2015
Exhibitions
Amalia Giacomini: Bias
The works of Amalia Giacomini build a very fruitful relationship between what the historian of American...
17 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Exhibitions
Bruno Miguel: These people in the dining room
On November 5, 2015, two dams containing mining waste broke in the town of Mariana in Minas Gerais generating...
17 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Exhibitions
David Cury: Life is the wrong sum of truths
Conceptually, it is a negative civic landscape. Fifteen sentences about the social history and Brazilian...
17 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Exhibitions
Cristina Salgado: Within the time
Cristina Salt forms within the search time. Even knowing that what exteriorize will diffuse images, born...
17 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Exhibitions
Renata Tassinari at Paço Imperial
The exhibition “Renata Tassinari” brings together 15 paintings by Renata Tassinari, in a solo show...
17 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Exhibitions
Celia Euvaldo: Collages and paintings
These collages want to be sculptures: the Chinese white paper is grabbed by the black sheet of paper...
17 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Exhibitions
José Bechara: jaguares
Paço Imperial is glad to announce the exhibition “Jaguares”, by José Bechara, opening on December...
17 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Exhibitions
Marina Saleme Solo Show
Paço Imperial hosts Marina Saleme‘s solo show: the retrospective presents works of the artist’s...
15 Dec 2016 - 17 Mar 2017
Exhibitions
Gustavo Rezende: Amor Sagrado, Amor Profano
Paço Imperial presents “Amor Sagrado, Amor Profano”, a solo exhibition by the artist Gustavo...
16 Mar 2017 - 21 May 2017
Exhibitions
Vera Chaves Barcellos: Fotografias, Manipulações e Apropriações
Paço Imperial, in collaboration with Fundação Vera Chaves Barcellos, presents “Fotografias,...
17 Mar 2017 - 21 May 2017
Exhibitions
Gianguido Bonfanti: Esculturas e Pinturas, 2010-2017
Paço Imperial presents “Bonfanti: Esculturas e Pinturas, 2010-2017”, a solo exhibition...
17 Mar 2017 - 21 May 2017
Exhibitions
Luiz Ernesto: Antes de Sair
Paço Imperial presents “Antes de Sair”, a solo exhibition featuring the work of the artist Luiz...
17 Mar 2017 - 21 May 2017
Exhibitions
Evany Cardoso: O Traço de União
The work of the artist Evany Cardoso is on show at Paço Imperial, the exhibition is curated by George...
17 Mar 2017 - 21 May 2017
Exhibitions
Filé de Peixe: O Conceitual Coletivo
Paço Imperial presents “O Conceitual Coletivo”, a solo exhibition, curated by Juliana...
17 Mar 2017 - 21 May 2017