What with the biggest party on earth to go to, most of us could be forgiven for having been slightly negligent when it comes to the more chin-strokingly cultural actitivities Rio has to offer over the past few weeks. Yet as surely as remorse follows drunkeness, carnival is followed by the resumption of Normal Life and that means a chance to see the other, calmer, side of the city and indulge your more erudite self. Here are five of the current major exhibitions that are thoroughly deserving of your time.
In this age of social media, the snapshot reigns supreme, but Nan Goldin was ahead of all that with her movingly intimate shots, even more beautiful for their imperfections. Her show at the MAM is on til 8 April and is the biggest show from the Boston photographer to date in Brazil.
In international terms, this is the most major exhibition currently in Rio, with a huge collection of not only paintings but the artists' personal memorabilia. It is also a good excuse to visit the beautiful and recently extended Museu Nacional de Belas Artes.
This sumptuous show of 45 works from the Brazilian artist is not only a great opportunity to see her lively, colourful canvases in their abundance, but also serves as a kind of tour through different Brazilian landscapes, from the urban to the rural. On at the CCBB until 29 April.
The Oi Futuros - both this space in Flamengo and its slightly more performance-orientated sister in Ipanema - always offer a bursting programme of artistic treats with an emphasis on different forms of media. High-Tech/Low-Tech brings that to its logical conclusion, with a frequently surprising and fascinating take on the age old puzzle of man's relationship with technology.
Another group exhibition, Vivendo no Vermelho (Living in Red) unites some big name artists in Brazilian as well as international terms, under the broad banner of all things red - from socialism to the simple vibrance of the colour itself. It's only on until 17 March though so get your skates on if you want to catch it.