There may be many things that have thrust Rio into the limelight over the years, but art has rarely featured among them. With the return of ArtRio this month, however, international greats like Chagall, Picasso, Giacometti and Warhol will be bid for alongside national luminaries including Portinari and Oiticica by an ever-growing Brazilian art market. And if you need an idea of the audience's buying power, a whopping R$150 million in sales is expected to be racked up across the four day event. Of curse, there will be less well-known names just as worthy of attention, not to mention a host of parallel and spin-off events taking advantage of the scene's spotlight, and Time Out Rio has picked out five of the best.
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The serenity of Jaume Plensa's installation on Botafogo beach is impressive, but only the tip of the OiR iceberg. The project will also see the likes of Brian Eno and Andy Goldsworthy creating spellbinding installations across the city.
Having won their battle against eviction just a month ago, the resident artists at a former chocolate factory in Santo Cristo fling open their doors to the public to commemorate the influx of art fans to the city. A unique opportunity to see Rio's creative hub at work.
Carioca artist Ernesto Neto brings his huge, crocheted installation 'O Bicho Suspenso na Paisagem' to the beautiful surrounds of the Estação Leopoldina this month. Inspired by the likes of Helio Oiticica, Neto's impressive tunnel is suspended from the ceiling in a glorious symphony of technicolour oddness.
What better way to sign off the parallel event Arte Sonora than with the mobile party folk at Nuvem? Convening in Largo do Machado before cycling to Parque Lage in pedal power disco heaven, the crew will then take to the turntables inside along with the likes of DJ Chelpa Ferro.
The thoughtful folk at ArtRio have packaged up some of the best of Rio's art and architecture, from the easily missed to the downright essential, for the ArtRio hoards to get to grips with. The curators include Mayor Eduardo Paes, recommending a trip around one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, Morro da Conceição.
And 5 ongoing exhibitions you shouldn't miss...
- Antony Gormley: Corpos Presentes - Still Bodies
The UK sculptor brings some of his most well-known works to Centro, and spreads his still bodies across the high-rise rooftops.
Until 23 September, CCBB - read more
- Alberto Giacometti collection
A comprehensive look back at the artist's career from his earliest drawings at the age of fourteen to his famous bronze figures.
Until 16 September, Museu de Arte Moderna - read more
- Fio Condutor
Gathering seventeen of the most intriguing figures from the international contemporary art scene into a Copacabana basement.
Until 26 October, Graphos: Brasil - read more
- Raphael e Emygdio: Dois modernos no Engenho de Dentro
The fruits of a revolutionary art therapy approach to patient care at Rio's schizophrenic asylum displayed by the work of two very different artists.
Until 7 October, Instiruo Moreira Salles - read more
- Ângelo Venosa
The Paulistano sculptor, whose 'Baleia' forms part of the Vik Muniz ArtRio Circuito, is at MAM for the biggest solo show of his career.
Until 23 September, Museu de Arte Moderna - read more