The International Museum of Naïf Art is a project of the Lucien Finkelstein Foundation, whose objective is to spread and enrich naïf art. Open to the public in 1995, there are around 6 thousand works, with representations of all the Brazilian states and of more than 100 countries, which tell the history of naïf art in the world. Brazil is one of the biggest centres of naïf art in the world.
The museum, which is situated within a house, consists of 3 floors. There is the famous exhibition, “Rio de Janeiro gosto de você, gosto dessa gente feliz”, which relays the city in a panoramic view as far as the neighbouring islands. It portrays various towns, mountains, the exuberant nature, beaches, monuments, airports and the Maracanã stadium. The exhibition “Brazil, 5 Séculos” is the biggest canvas in the naïf art world and tells the history of Brazil from the Discovery until the inauguration of Brasilia.
“Os Animais e o Imaginário Naïf” focuses on the prominent presence of animals in the lives and minds of people. Fantastic creatures such as mermaids and dragons are portrayed through naif art. “Minha Querida Amazônia, Coração Verde E Amarelo Do Brasil” depicts the fauna, flora and indigenous cultiure of the Amazon.
Until the 31st August, the museum invites you to the exhibition “Futebol, Paixão Brasileira”, which consists of works from MIAN’s archives, telling one of the preferred topics of various naïf artists as wells as that of the Brazilian people. The visitor will have the opportunity to discover the colourful and entertaining football of these painters, as well as the chance to create their own football strategy on the chalkboard!
And don’t worry if you’re not a fan of naïf art, there is a great little cafe which does an excellent weekend brunch, sometimes accompanied by live musical performances.
Opening times: Tuesday-Friday from 10h to 18h, Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 17h
Address: Rua Cosme Velho, 561 Cosme Velho
Tel: 55 21 2205 8612
R$12, R$6 for those under 5 and above 80, and students with a card