Sunny Sunday in INHOTIMUm domingo em INHOTIM

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Have you ever heard so much about a place that you think it must be overrated? You’re sure you’re going to be disappointed when you finally see it. That was my feeling about Inhotim, an open-air contemporary art museum 60 km from our home in Belo Horizonte. Last Sunday we eventually managed to go there and I have to say that Inhotim is everything I heard about and more! We loved it.

When we got there, the place was very crowded, because we chose to go on a long weekend right after the opening of new exhibitions.  Later I read that on that day, Oct 11th, they had more than 4000 visitors, a record since the opening in 2006. So we stood in line for half an hour or so but we had decided to spend the day there.

The place:

Installations, sculptures and paintings by contemporary artists from the 1960s onwards are part of the permanent collection. Some are outdoors while others are housed in 16 pavilions scattered around the park. According to the museum’s website, there are 600 hectares of Natural Reserve, 45 hectares of gardens with botanical collections and 5 lakes. Nature in its exuberance, as you can see in the pictures below.

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For us Brazilians, some names stand out like that of landscape designer Burle Marx, inspiration for the amazing gardens, and modernist artists such as Helio Oiticica, Amilcar de Castro and movie-maker Neville D’Almeida. I was also surprised to see an installation by Olafur Eliasson, whose work I’d seen in the Turbine hall at Tate Modern back in 2004. And Steve was very impressed with a sound installation by Janet Cardiff with music recorded at Salisbury Cathedral.

I want that bench!

I want that bench!

This is a place we are definitely going back, especially with our dear guests from out of state or overseas.

Centro de Arte Contemporânea de Inhotim

Opening hours:

Thursdays and Fridays: 9:30 – 4:30 pm

Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays: 9:30 – 5:30 pm

Admission for adults: R$15.00

Click here to see how to get there.



16 October, 2009 | Written by Eneida | Comments: Add comment

Primrose Hill – um parque com vista para Londres

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Londres vista de Primrose hill

O que o filósofo político Engels, o chef-celebridade Jamie Oliver, a modelo Kate Moss e a poetisa Sylvia Plath têm em comum? Bem, segundo consta, todos  moraram em Primrose Hill.

Urban village

Urban village

Primrose Hill é um bairro localizado no norte de Londres, a menos de 3 km do centro da cidade. Parte do distrito de Camden, é considerado uma “village” urbana, ou seja, uma charmosa área residencial com ar de interior. Em Londres, há várias villages, mas Primrose Hill se destaca e é ainda hoje endereço de várias pessoas ligadas às artes e à mídia.

Como fica em um ponto alto da cidade, é possível avistar todos os cartões postais de Londres a partir do parque de Primrose Hill, sem ter de pagar por isso.

A melhor maneira de chegar até lá é fazer uma caminhada muito agradável pelo Regent’s Canal e depois pelas ruas do bairro, até o parque. Pegue a linha Northern (preta) do metrô e desça na estação de Camdem Town. De lá, suba a avenida (Camden High Street) e vire à esquerda no Canal. Caminhe acompanhando o canal até chegar a um viaduto, com saída para Primrose Hill. Ao subir as escadas, você estará na Avenida Gloucester, já no bairro.

Siga o mapa abaixo ou simplesmente passeie pelas ruas até chegar à área verde. Na Regent’s Park Road, há várias lojas, cafés e restaurantes. Se o tempo estiver bom, compre um sanduíche e faça um picnic no parque apreciando as pessoas e a linda vista.

Para voltar, pegue o metrô na estação Chalk Farm (linha Northern), a 5 minutos do parque.

Veja outras dicas de Londres no nosso blogue Londres para Principiantes.

Mapa de Primrose Hill



11 September, 2009 | Written by Eneida | Comments: Add comment